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Kevin and Harry

  • Then his lord called him in, and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me. Shouldn't you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, even as I had mercy on you?' His lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that was due to him. So my heavenly Father will also do to you, if you don't each forgive your brother from your hearts for his misdeeds." Matthew 18:32'35 WEB.

    When Peter asked how many times he should forgive a person in one day, Jesus said seventy-seven times (or 70 x 7 = 490, depending on your translation). The Pharisees believed not more than three. Jesus then told them a parable about two men who were in debt to a King. We will call them Kevin and Harry.

    Now, Kevin owed the King 10,000 talents. A talent was the highest unit of currency, and ten thousand the highest Greek numeral. This would be like a billion dollars. When Kevin couldn't pay it, the King ordered everything Kevin had to be sold to recover some of it. So Kevin fell to the ground before the King and begged him to show mercy. Kevin's pleading touched the King, and he had compassion on him. So he canceled all of Kevin's debt and set him and his family free from it.

    Harry, the second man in the parable, owed Kevin one-hundred denarii. That is about twenty dollars. Now that is one-six-hundred-thousandth of the debt Kevin had owed the King. Yet, rather than forgive his debt, Kevin wanted to make Harry pay. So he had Harry put in prison until he could pay back every penny of the twenty dollars.

    When word of this got back to the King, he became so upset that he had Kevin arrested and thrown in prison. The King handed Kevin over to the torturers until he could pay back the billion dollars he had owed him.

    So both men wound up in prison because only the one who held the debt could release them from it. The King couldn't legally release Harry, who owed the twenty dollars, for it was a legitimate debt Harry owed. Kevin was the only one who could free Harry from it. Yet, if Kevin would have released Harry, then the King would have released Kevin. That's how forgiveness works.

    Jesus said: "Forgive, and you will be forgiven." (Luke 6:37). "And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us" (Luke 11:4). In each of these, our action causes a reaction. This is why Jesus commanded to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" because how you treat others is how you'll be treated in the future.

    We are required to forgive others in order to be forgiven. It isn't really a choice. Jesus made it clear that unless we forgive others, we won't be forgiven ourselves. Un-forgiveness is a dangerous game to play. The original text conveys that they were handed over to the "Tormentors. " This was a torturer who would make them pay back the debt in some way. This wasn't a made-up phrase Jesus happened to use but a stern warning to us.

    Many of us are in jail and don't even know it. Many are tormented. We wonder why our life is a living hell, yet we cling to our bitterness like it's all we have to live for. Let the ones who hurt you go and free yourself from your personal jail. Your life will be so much happier, and your mind will be free when you no longer have to track all the wrongs done to you.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know I need Your mercy more than ever. Because of You, I forgive those who have done me wrong. I freely release them and let them go. Please set me free from the torturer today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." (Prov. 3:5-6) ~ If you are in need of prayer, we and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen!
Aug 6
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen! Please forgive me and set me free, thank you Lord Jesus.

Aug 6
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father forgive me as I forgive others

Aug 6
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. Heavenly Father, i pray for forgiveness for others and for myself. Your will be done.  Amen

Aug 6
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

Dear Lord forgive me my sins as I forgive others that have sinned against me. Praise the Lord Amen!

Aug 6
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus, please forgive our sins as we forgive others who sinned against us.We love and worship you. Amen 

Aug 6
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Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

The Lord has been speaking to me through you every morning this week for this very situation. Thank goodness he has brought you into my life.

Aug 6
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for Your forgiveness! Help me to always extend it to others, Amen.

Aug 6
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Heavenly Father I want to forgive those who have wrongfully treated me over the years. Family and friends. For years I've helt against my daughters friend who stole from me and my husband.  I forgive Carol in Jesus Name.  Set me free from this today.  Amen 

Aug 6
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Thank You Father For Forgiven Me Good Morning Everyone 

Aug 6
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I have been wronged by others, because of Your forgiveness I released them of their wrongs towards me and live in peace. Thank You for all Your blessings, help and love You have given me, I praise Your Holy name. In the name of Your Son Jesus Christ I pray, Amen. 

Great devotional reminder Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

Aug 6
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Aug 6
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Aug 6
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Jesus for your commandments and your forgiveness

Aug 6
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen. 

Aug 6
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Dear Lord forgive me for my unforgiveness!

Aug 6
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen!

Aug 6
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Aug 6
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David Krull
David Krull

Thank you Lord for forgiving my sins..

Aug 7
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Aug 7