“But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
“His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
“But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
Matthew 18: 28 – 31
A few years ago something called ‘Pass it forward’ became all the rage. If someone did you a good turn you were to do someone else a good turn and so on and so on. A never ending chain of goodness because someone did you a good turn first; sounds amazing. Of course we know this is not the kind of world we live in because we can all be selfish, egotistical, grumpy, greedy, etc., etc. It was also not the world that Jesus lived in where every day he experienced people treating others in ways they would not wish to experience themselves.
Rather than talk about passing things forward, Jesus spoke of GRACE. He used examples like this parable to highlight that followers of God should be characterised by grace in their lives. Not how we received grace but how we exercised grace towards others, even when we had not received grace first. Jesus wasn’t into paying it forward he wanted more. He wanted his followers to exercise grace in every situation and to every person they met.
Prayer: Father the standard you want of me is something I cannot meet. I know that. Please do not let that stop me trying. Inspire me to do better in how I show grace to others.
Action: Try and be graceful in everything you do today.