Matthew 18:23-24 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
A backdoor is system that grants access or exit without risking detection. In broader sense, it appears to provide a way to escape the consequences of action. In the shoes of Peter today, we receive a number ” ‘seventy-seven times you are to forgive your brother if he offends you. You will be found wanting if you thought this allowance was lifelong because each day you read this text, that allowance is refreshed.
In the sense of like entitlement, some people take advantage of the mercy of God and his benevolence. We do all manner of things, wreaking varying degrees of harm in the lives of others because we expect, and know that there is an allowance provided for forgiveness.
The servant in today’s parable was allowed to borrow to the tune of ‘ten thousand talents’, that is a lot of room. Likewise, the mercy of God offers a very long rope. But don’t get it twisted, that rope has an end point. The point at which God’s justice, like his mercy, takes centre stage just as the servant was called in to render accounts.
We are very aware, and the unchanging word reveals God’s as slow to anger and abounding in tender kindness. Because this is to our advantage, it is a song we like to sing. That is true. But let’s not be deceived, in His mercy and gentleness, God is also a judge and in that role, your arguments won’t go very far. Thus we are admonished ‘do not receive the grace of God in vain’.
Grace is given to empower us a embrace love for God that transforms us to be like Him. Beloved, we have indeed received forgiveness, and Mercy continues to say no, but those are not a free range licenses to ignore God’s dictates and commandments for where His mercy stops, His justice comes.
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