QTVOTD: Justice is not mine to apply..

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” Matthew 18:35 ->me: Today I finished up the parable of the servant who did not show mercy after receiving mercy himself. The first servant (who received mercy from the master in a cancelation of his enormous debt) sought out someone who owed him and then showed zero mercy and even locking the fellow servant away until the debt was paid. 10,000 Talents is what the first servant had owed and received a cancelation of that debt. 10,000 Talents is roughly $7.5 Billion in today’s dollars (a person who could pay that amount of debt back would be number 101 in the Forbes list of wealthiest people). This servant WENT OUT and FOUND a fellow servant who owed him 100 denarii (Roughly $32,000 which is 1/225,000 of the debt that was canceled by the master) and proceeded to choke him! He had no mercy when the fellow servant pleaded for patience and time to pay him back; and had him thrown into jail. The other servants who witnessed this were super rattled and told the master what this servant had done. The master was furious and threw him into jail until he was able to pay his $7.5 billion dollar debt back. So, how is this me in my daily walk? What are the ways in which I act that would bring about this kind of wrath from my Master? Simple -> any time I fail to forgive a brother or sister in Christ when they have wronged me. I think this can simply happen in my mind; it is a condition of the heart that Jesus is calling out here. The other servants saw the audacity of what he had done, but he didn’t see it. He was consumed with the application of power over another…so much that he was blinded by it…the evil had consumed him. I think this a place I can get when I feel justified in my execution of justice…but justice is not mine to apply, it is the Lord’s I serve. This love of others through understanding what Jesus has done for me is super convicting.

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