James 2:13 (KJV), “For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.”
In Matthew 18:22-35, Jesus gave a parable to illustrate what the kingdom of heaven will be like. In the parable, a master had written off a huge debt for one of his servants because the servant pleaded with him but this same servant met a fellow servant who owed him something very little and threw him into prison because he couldn’t pay. When the news got to their master, he was angry with the servant whose debt he had earlier written off. The master commanded that he be imprisoned along with his children and wife until he has paid the last penny. Jesus ended the parable by saying, “So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses” (Matthew 18:35 KJV).
The master was angry because the servant whom he forgave did not forgive his fellow servant and this shortened the lifespan of the mercy he had earlier received.
You became a child of God because God forgave you on the account of Jesus’ sacrifice, you will however remain forgiven if you forgive those who have offended and sinned against you.
Jesus in Luke 11:4 said, “ And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
If you don’t forgive others, you will be led into temptation and you will not be delivered from the evil one (Satan or the devil).
Go into today knowing that you must show mercy and forgive those who hurt you if you must enjoy continual access to God’s mercy and forgiveness.
Prayer: do a deep check of your life, see if there are persons (dead or alive) that you have not yet forgiven. Forgive them from your heart then ask God to forgive you too.
—Dr. Emmanuel James
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