Mathew 18:24— And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
The servant was revelling in sin, and as time went by, his sin (debt) began accumulating and one day he was brought before the king.
Sin is that which separates man from God, and is therefore man’s greatest enemy and greatest problem. Sin dominates the mind and heart of man. It has contaminated every human being and is the degenerative power that makes man susceptible to disease, illness, and every conceivable form of evil and unhappiness, temporal and eternal. The ultimate effects of sin are death and damnation, and the present effects are misery, dissatisfaction, and guilt.
Because man’s greatest problem is sin, his greatest need is forgiveness-and that is what God provides. Though we have been forgiven the ultimate penalty of sin, we need God’s constant forgiveness for the sins we continue to commit.
God is eager to forgive sinners, and as Father He is even more eager to keep on forgiving His children. Hundreds of years before Christ, Nehemiah wrote, “But You are God, Ready to pardon, Gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, Abundant in kindness, And did not forsake them”. (Neh. 9:17).
As vast and pervasive as the sin of man is, God forgiveness is more vast and greater. Where sin abounds, God’s grace abounds even more (Rom. 5:20).
Asking forgiveness implies confession. To confess means basically to agree with, and when we confess our sins we agree with God about them that they are wicked, evil, defiling, and have no part in those who belong to Him.
It is difficult to confess sins, and both Satan and our prideful nature fight against it. But it is the only way to the free and joyful life. “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. ” (Prov. 28:13).
God’s promise of forgiveness is not a license to sin, or a way to abuse His love and His grace. Rather God’s gracious forgiveness is the means of spiritual growth and sanctification. We must continually give thanks to God for His great love and willingness to forgive and forgive and forgive!
WE ARE TO FORGIVE OTHERS AS FREELY AND GRACIOUSLY AS GOD FORGIVES US!
Jesus understands our weaknesses and sins; and He forgives us if we allow ourselves to be forgiven — Pope Francis.