Settling accounts

Reading: Matthew 18:21-35


“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants” (v.23).

“Then the master called the servant in.  ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I cancelled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.  Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow-servant just as I had on you?’“ (vv.32-33)

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – Matthew 7:1-2


6 thoughts on “Settling accounts

    • That’s very heartwarming to hear from you, Sarah, thank you for the kind words 🙂 I had been busy catching up with family and making the most of the summer–I have yet to do some sketching–that’s another on my list!


  1. I agree that we are to forgive one another REPEATEDLY and without reservation, so long as the sin is genuinely repented of, but if there is rebellion without repentance, we are instructed to “Purge the evil person from among you.” (James 2:4) Paul had to instruct the Corinthians to eject a rebellious brother from their assembly. This is the only way to maintain the health of the Body, because “a little leaven leavens the whole lump.” (1 Cor 5:6) This kind of judgment is not only permitted, it is demanded by scripture. It involves judgment by a community-appointed eldership, according to the instructions given elsewhere in scripture. Unpleasant, but necessary. We all need to strive toward the kind of godly wisdom that will allow us to “judge with righteous judgement,” (Deut 16:18), for we are told that the day will come when we will judge men and angels. “Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!” (I Cor 3:15-16) We’d better know our stuff! 🙂

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    • Thank you for sharing this, Sue! This is what I remember of church of yesteryears–the tolerance of today is quite troubling.

      What you just said also gave me some insight with regard to personal relationships gone bad, . It is all right to “move on” (ie, after forgiveness, regardless whether the offending party is repentant or not). Bad company corrupts character; people that weigh us down also hinders us from being fruitful.

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