In the gospel of Luke, the writer helps us understand that just like our heavenly Father, we are to show mercy one to another. “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)
In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells a parable describing what the kingdom of heaven is like. I gathered from His teaching that the Holy Spirit wants us to understand we are in a kingdom of mercy. We are not just in the kingdom to receive mercy, but we are to be channels of God’s mercy to others. This means, just as we have received mercy from God, we owe it to God and to our own consciences to show mercy to others in the same proportion that God has shown us mercy. The Message Bible of this parable reads:
“The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. As he got under way, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. He couldn’t pay up, so the king ordered the man, along with his wife, children, and goods, to be auctioned off at the slave market. “The poor wretch threw himself at the king’s feet and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ Touched by his plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt. “The servant was no sooner out of the room when he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him ten dollars. He seized him by the throat and demanded, ‘Pay up. Now!’ “The poor wretch threw himself down and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ But he wouldn’t do it. He had him arrested and put in jail until the debt was paid. When the other servants saw this going on, they were outraged and brought a detailed report to the king. “The king summoned the man and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy. Shouldn’t you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?’ The king was furious and put the screws to the man until he paid back his entire debt. And that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy.” (Matthew 18:23-35)
We are called to be channels of mercy to others, in the same proportion that we have received mercy from God.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for bringing me into your kingdom of mercy
I receive the word and grace from the Holy Spirit to become a channel of God’s mercy to others just like I have been forgiven.
Today, I forgive, and I release my heart any person who has wronged me from the jail of my heart, spiritual jail and emotional in the name of Jesus.