Forgiveness — Not Letting Something Go, but Letting Something Sink In
Deliverance—from oppressive slavery, from insurmountable debt. Neither the Israelites nor the slave in Jesus’ parable do anything to earn their deliverance—it’s a surprise, offered in grace and mercy. The Israelites respond with a song of praise to their Redeemer. The slave, however, fails to let his master’s grace and mercy flow through him to one who owes him a pittance. Writing to the Romans, Paul challenges them—and us—to accept each other. We do not live or die to ourselves; we are the Lord’s. We are set apart to treat one another with the same grace and mercy we have received.