Forgiven People Forgive People
I was at a concert the other night and leaving the parking lot was crazy. It was so packed that the amphitheater released a warning statement cautioning us all that they “hoped to have all of the parking lot cleared by 2:15 am. 2:15 AM! I had plans for a wonderful tomorrow and being stuck in a parking lot until 2 am was not a part of that plan.
Then on our way out of the grassy lot someone stopped and let us through. They had no real reason to do this. Just kindness and grace. We ended up getting home within 20 minutes.
That small gesture reminded me of the parable in Matthew 18:21-35. The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant.
The depravity of the human race is our repeatedly sinful nature and our inability to pay for our own debts. We are selfish, stubborn beings. And the parable of the Unforgiving Servant highlights the selfishness of the heart of man when Servant 1 welcomes his own forgiveness but refuses to offer forgiveness to his fellow servant. It sounds terrible! Who would do that? Yet that is so stinking relatable! We do that all the time. Someone lets me cut in line at Starbucks out of the goodness of their heart but I won’t let someone pull out in front of me when I’m leaving the parking lot. Exactly what happened to me at that concert last weekend. Sheesh.
Forgiveness. We can and should forgive much because we have been forgiven much.
And we can! With Gods help.