By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him who owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he could not pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him a hundred pence; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me what thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet and besought him saying, Have patience with me and I will pay thee all. And he would not but cast him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt because thou desired me. Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth and delivered him unto the tormentors till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts do not forgive every one his brother of their trespasses.
Matthew 18:23-35
This parable was Jesus response to Peter's question about how many times the wrongs of others should be forgiven. Instead of making a blanket statement and issuing a truth in one hard-hitting verse, Jesus offers a parable which has the power to remain in the mind long after it's been spoken in order to retain a point He wants heavily situated in us.
Three thoughts to digest:
1) In hindsight I find it extraordinary that Peter is the one who posed the question on forgiveness. I find it most remarkable and off the charts, uncanny of Christ, to address this particular answer to the one who would doubt Him, betray Him, and ultimately deny Him.
I find it magnificent that the one who would end up owing him "ten thousand talents" in the "debt" department would be forgiven ten thousand talents in the compassion compartment.
I take this parable personally and I wrap it around my own "ten thousand talents" of sin and I am humbled by the compassionate answer and compassionate response of my loving Savior who enlists grace and compassion as His answer to our sin problem.
I'm thankful that the one who posed the question would remember the answer.
I'm thankful that Jesus has forgiven me along with Peter for all of my debt.
2) The human condition is astounding in what it will receive for itself and then refuse to another. We are capable of malignant evil and our capacity to subject others to "that" evil is a horrific reality we each must face. Unless Christ is applying His steady hand of compassion on our lives, and a steady course of His blood through our lives, we will respond inappropriately and with a condemning response to those who arrive on our doorstep in a broken state.
 -We will rip, gash, and tear into others openly where Christ has forgiven us privately.
-We will compare our sins to the sins of others and make ready determinations on who's allowed grace and who's not.
-We will justify our own rot and then exclaim at another's.
This is a sick human condition and we each have to deal with it within ourselves.
Hmmm ...
God has holy expectations of our treatment of others which He imposes on us and which He holds us accountable for in the arena of forgiveness.
He earnestly suggests "torment and separation" as His reserved and final act for all those who have worked to unmercifully rob others of His Son's blood.
Be very careful in your attempts to administer justice without compassion as a ruling agent.
The merciful Judge will deal with each of us in light of how we have dealt with others.
Your present treatment of others will be applied to "you" in eternity.
What does that look like?
3) What has Christ forgiven "you?"
What sins have you applied Christ's blood to and reckoned Him to be faithful in?
How many "talents" do you reckon your "debt of sin" to be?
Our inability to see our debt load for what it is prevents us from loving and acting rightly.
Christ has given each of us, and afforded all of us with so much,
And we remain indebted to Him to grant the same to others.
End of Story.
More and more, I understand why Christ asserted that the one who has been forgiven much will love much.
I see it in Peter and I see it in me,
And I wonder if you see it in you?
It is Christ's compassion at work within that makes us different men.
And without it,
We are men condemned.
Grant us mercy,
Please be patient.