Emanna for 11/15/2019
Understanding God's Grace in Forgiveness
Matthew 18:23 For this reason the kingdom of the heavens has become like a king who desired to settle accounts with his slaves. (24) And when he began to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. (25) But since he did not have the means to repay, the master commanded him to be sold, as well as his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. (26) Then the slave fell down and worshipped him, saying, Be patient with me and I will repay you all. (27) And the master of that slave was moved with compassion and released him and forgave him the loan. Words of Ministry
The slave owed ten thousand talents, which was a very large amount of money. He had no ability to repay. We can never repay all that we owe God. It is far more than what men owe us. Once a child of God arrives at a proper evaluation of his debt to God, he will generously forgive what his brother owes him. When we forget the immensity of the grace we have received from God, we become merciless toward others. We need to see how much we owe God before we can see how little others owe us. It is difficult for man to understand clearly what grace is and what the gospel is. Man often thinks that he may not be able to repay today, but that he will be able to repay someday. He may not make it today, but he will make it someday. In these verses, however, we see a slave who, even if he were to sell all that he had, would not have had enough to repay. He said, "Be patient with me and I will repay you all." His intention was good. He was not trying to avoid his debt. He was only asking the Lord for more time. He intended to repay all. Such a thought can only come from those who have no knowledge of grace.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Messages for Building Up New Believers, pp.348-349. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.