Weekly Encouragement - O Praise The One Who Paid My Debt!

Posted on by YFC Seattle

By Warren Mainard, CORE & Youth Ministry Network Director

Matthew 18:23-35

Forgiveness is a gift of mercy, mercy is a gift of grace, grace is a gift of God!

In the parable of the unforgiving servant, Jesus lays out a scenario of a servant who owes his master 10,000 talents.  At that time, one talent was the equivalent of 20 years wages, so imagine a scenario in which a poor servant owed his master 200,000 years of wages! This was an impossible debt to forgive! Even if we gave our lives, marriage, family and all of our belongings, we could never repay such a debt.  In God’s economy, our sin debt is far greater than even 10,000 talents!  To forgive our sin debt, only Jesus, the perfect Son of God had to die in order to clear our balance and set us free from our captivity to sin.  We have been greatly forgiven by a mighty and loving King!

As those who have been greatly forgiven, we must also live with an attitude of mercy and grace toward those around us.  In the parable, the man who has been forgiven 200,000 years of wages accosts and attacks another servant who owes him 100 denarii (100 days wages).  In the day to day cost of living, that is a pretty significant amount of money.  Without the benefit of an eternal perspective, weighing the debt of 100 denarii with the infinitely greater debt of 10,000 talents, it would be easy to remain angry and indignant about the unpaid debt of the fellow servant.  When we lose sight of how greatly we have been forgiven, we quickly become cold, unmerciful and judgmental toward others who have sinned against us.  However, when we live each day with gratitude toward our Savior and Master, King Jesus for our salvation and forgiveness, we actually consider it an honor to forgive others as Jesus has forgiven us.  When we do, we point to the Gospel, that Christ died for sinners.

Never lose sight of the exponential, infinite, eternal forgiveness of Jesus for your sin!

Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain. He washed it white as snow… O praise the one who paid my debt, And raised this life up from the dead!"

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