DCLM Daily Manna 8 December 2021
Topic: Debts Too Large To Repay
TEXT: Matthew 18:23-35
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
Key Verse: Matthew 18:27
“Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.”
DCLM Daily Manna 8 December 2021
It has been computed that if man should gather all the riches he has earned since creation to give to God in settlement of bills for nature’s resources he has exploited, the money would be a ridiculous pittance. First, we cannot quantify the value of the volume of the natural wealth above and beneath the earth. Secondly, since you cannot ascertain the real economic and monetary weight of resources like land, water and air, you cannot also fix payment to their Creator. It is inestimable. How about our debt of sin? It is a spiritual issue you cannot even fathom from a physical plane.
Jesus’ story is a single parable with a two-fold conclusion that illustrates the nature of the God whom man owes unrepayable debts. He would always be moved by His large heart to forgive us as we fall humbly before Him for mercy. Jesus has paid our debts. He stepped in to stop Satan from taking us away into eternal servitude as our self-righteousness could not deliver us. God wants those who are alive by His compassion to spread what they have benefited. He frowns at those who do not.
Having received remission for our sins against the Lord, we must be like our Father in heaven, who “hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:10).
We have a call to show compassion to the world by telling them God is waiting to forgive their sins if they meekly come to Him by repenting and believing Jesus as the blessed Son of God. Though many wrongly believe that they have gone too far in their transgressions to receive pardon, we must tell them that Jesus has paid dearly for any amount of sin to be forgiven.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Be compassionate like Christ; bring others to Him.
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