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Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. (Luke 6:36)

Is there someone you are struggling to forgive or extend mercy to? I have personally dealt with this and would like to share Jesus' Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:21-35), and the lesson it taught me.

Jesus spoke about a king, who wanted to collect debts from his servants. One servant owed a huge debt that he couldn't pay. The king ordered that he and his family be sold to repay it. The servant fell to his knees and pleaded for more time. Moved with compassion, the king canceled the debt. But when that servant left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller debt. He grabbed his servant by the throat and demanded payment. The fellow servant fell to his knees and begged for more time. But the unmerciful servant refused and threw him into prison until the debt was paid. Now there were other servants who saw the injustice, and they reported it to the king. The king called the servant in and said, "Evil servant! Shouldn't you have forgiven your fellow servant's debt as I forgave you?" Then the king threw him into prison until the debt was paid.

In love, God showed me that the unmerciful servant represented me, and the king represented Him. I had a sin debt that was impossible to pray, and Jesus paid it all. Recognizing my own need for mercy and forgiveness changes my heart's attitude so I can extend the same to others. It is a choice, and when I choose to walk in mercy and forgiveness, I have His peace and joy.

Father, thank You for Jesus' parable that helps me to walk in forgiveness and mercy. In Jesus' name. Amen.

SUSAN FERGUSON

Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.