Find the Key to Forgiveness
I read the parable of the unjust servant in Matthew 18 many times before I understood the vital truth it revealed about forgiveness. A certain king had a servant who owed him 10,000 talents. When the servant could not pay it, the king commanded that he, his wife and children, and all his possessions be sold. The servant fell on his face before the king and pled, “Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.” The king was moved with compassion and forgave the servant his entire debt.
This servant then went out and found a fellow servant who owed him a much smaller debt of 100 pence. He grabbed the fellow servant by the throat and demanded, “Pay me that thou owest.” His fellow servant fell down at his feet, begging him to have patience and saying he would repay it all, but the unjust servant refused and had the man thrown into prison. (See Matthew 18:21–35.)