Pay Back Time

Jesus told this story:

“The kingdom of heaven is like a King who decided to collect the money his servants owed him

When the King began to collect his money, a servant who owed him several thousand pounds was brought to him.

But the servant did not have enough money to pay his master, the King.

So the master ordered that everything the servant owned should be sold, and even the servant’s wife and children.

Then the money would be used to pay the King what the servant owed.

But the servant fell on his knees and begged, ‘ be patient with me, and I will pay you everything I owe.’

The master felt sorry for his servant and told him he did not have to pay it back. Then he let the servant go free.

Later, that same servant found another servant who owed him a few pounds. The servant grabbed him around the neck and said, ‘Pay me the money you owe!’

The other servant fell on his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you everything I owe.’

But the first servant refused to be patient. He threw the other servant into prison until he could pay everything he owed.

When the other servants saw what had happened they were very sorry. So they went and told their master all that had happened.

Then the master called his servant in and said, ‘You evil servant! Because you begged me to forget what you owed, I told you that you did not have to pay me anything.

You should have  shown mercy to that other servant, just as I showed mercy to you.’

The master was very angry and put the servant in prison to be punished until he could pay everything he owed.

This King did what my heavenly Father will do to you if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Matthew 18:23-35

Peace be unto you

Geoffrey

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