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When the forgiven Sinner becomes Merciless

“Shouldest not thou also have had mercy on thy fellow-servant, even as I had mercy on thee?” Matthew 18:33

We can find many things in the Bible which God does not like. One that he most dislikes is unwillingness to forgive on the part of his children. It is exceedingly ugly in the sight of God for the forgiven sinner to be merciless, and for the recipient of divine grace to be ungracious.

The Lord expects you to treat others as he has treated you. The servant in the parable may have been righteous in his demand for payment, but a Christian’s relationships are based, not on being righteous, but on being also gracious. We must not remember another’s sins, nor should we demand justice, for just though our demands may be, yet to do so is sinful. The basis for a believer’s relations with others is never righteousness alone. It is the grace of God.

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