Daily Archives: March 12, 2019

March 12 – Lenten Study Day 7

Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of repentance and forgiveness…

Matthew 18:21-35

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.
29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’
30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.
32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

SOAP Note

Tattletales | Shiree King

Scripture

Matthew 18:31

Observation

In this parable about the unmerciful servant, Jesus teaches that we need to forgive others if we want to be forgiven.  There is no mention in this passage of the first servant’s conscience bothering him about his unforgiveness toward the second servant; however, it was his fellow servants who recognized the wrong that was done and told their master about it.  Sometimes we are blind to our own sinful choices, even though it can be so obvious to others.

Application

What I was struck with most as I read this parable again was less about the idea of forgiveness and mercy and more about the “other servants” being tattletales.  Perhaps it is because I’m tired of hearing my kids tattle on each other constantly!  Perhaps it is because so many times I have no idea what to do about the information I’m told by my kids about their siblings! But, these “other servants” had a conviction of right and wrong, and they were compelled to share what they saw and knew to be wrong. I pray that I would be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading and obey when the Holy Spirit reveals sinful ways in me that I need to address, rather than waiting for other people to “tell” on me.

Prayer

Dear God, Thank You for this lesson today.  I pray for Your wisdom and discernment in my life to open my eyes to my behavior that isn’t pleasing to You.  I pray also for discernment in listening to my children’s tattling.  Help me to read between the lines so I can teach my children about forgiveness and justice and mercy.   In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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