Day Seven – Consider others

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 18:31; Hebrews 12:15

There’s one verse in this parable that is often missed. “When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.” The man in this parable wasn’t very subtle about his actions, since he had the poor guy who owed him a few dollars thrown into prison. Everyone heard and saw his actions, and he paid much more for it in the end.

Some people think they’re savvy in how they deal with unforgiveness. If they internalize their hurt and anger, no one else will know, right? Not necessarily. Negative emotions can’t remain hidden for long.

Medical researchers have determined that failure to forgive weakens a person’s health, causing many physical manifestations like high blood pressure, stroke, or heart problems. Not to mention bitterness that creeps in because of long-held grudges. I’m sure we’ve all met someone with a bitter spirit. The sad truth is these individuals don’t realize how obvious their bitterness is to others. Some people are so filled with acrimony that they don’t have to say a word—it just oozes from their spirits and affects everyone around them.

The writer to the Hebrews cautioned, “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” If we pardon others for no other reason, we should at least set an example for those who are watching.

How many times should we forgive our brother? As many times as the grace of God enables us. How high can God count?

  • Who is following your example? What can you do to become a better model of someone who quickly forgives?
  • How will your relationship with the Lord—and others—be different after this week’s quest?

Please post your thoughts and insights with others.