Thought for The Day – Tuesday 26th January

“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

“At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, cancelled the debt and let him go.

Matthew 18: 23 – 27

How do you describe the Kingdom of Heaven to people who struggle to grasp reality on earth? Jesus relied on stories that communicated ‘ideas’ of what it is like. If you delve too deeply into parables you run the risk of losing the idea he is trying to get across. Here it is that God responds to our needs with mercy which was a radical thought to people who considered God needed appeasing through sacrifice. As the servant fell on his knees the King decided to be gracious even though the servant has not demonstrated any ability to repay. If he had he would not have been in this situation! How good that God is willing to extend grace to us even when our past is full or failures. We really have an amazing God.

Prayer: Father you treat me better than I deserve. I can look back on my life to many situations where I have let you down but you never let me go. Thank you.

Action: Take note of 10 things to be thankful for today. Make sure you list God in there!

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