Thought for The Day – Monday 7th March

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The Parable of the Two Debtors

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.” “Tell me, teacher,” he said. “Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”

Luke 7:40-43

I’m sure we’ve all experienced the burden of owing somebody something, possibly knowing we’ll struggle to ever pay them back. I remember in my early days of school being threatened by a bully to bring him £1 on the following Monday. I was distraught with fear the proceeding Sunday, knowing I didn’t have the money to pay him (as I was only about 7 years old and my small business loan couldn’t be processed at the weekend!). I can’t remember how the situation was resolved but I don’t think I’ll ever forget that feeling of concern and anticipation for the next day.

Thankfully in this parable from the Lord Jesus, we hear of a moneylender willing to wipe the debts of his loanees. Is there someone in our lives that we could forgive of their transgressions? Someone we are holding a grudge against, who no longer deserves our judgement or our burdening request for repayment? It may now be easier to relinquish their debt over you than to harbour your consistent resentment.

As valuable as they are for the beneficiaries, no quantity of donations to or time spent serving any cause will be enough to settle our spiritual account. The work on the cross however demonstrates God’s unlimited love for us, in that He sent His Son to pay the ultimate price for our sins. Although we’ll never be able to pay Him back for this act, thanks to His grace, we’ll never have to.

Prayer: Thank you gracious Father for all your provisions each day. Whilst we know we can never repay your Son’s work on the cross, we give thanks that you will never ask us to. We think of those less fortunate than ourselves and pray good health and spirit in their situations, while we are given so much. We ask Lord, that your Word may be made clear to them to ease their earthly concerns, whether they be financial, prejudice or the threat of harm. We give thanks for all Your blessings and love whoever we are, wherever we are, however we are. Amen.

Action: As the moneylender in today’s parable shows, it is possible to freely forgive those that owe us. Is there someone in your life that you could love again? Pray for understanding and patience to allow these people back into your life and that it might be for the benefit of both parties.

 

This Thought was written by Max Inchcoombe

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