Why could the servant who had been forgiven much not forgive a little?
Jesus told this story of a man who owed his king 200 years' worth of wages.
He couldn't repay, so the king ordered him, his wife and his kids to be sold into slavery till they could work off his debt.
The man begged the king for time, and the king wiped out his debt instead.
Then the man found one of his fellow servants who owed him a debt worth 100 days' wages.
He demanded that his fellow servant pay up.
The fellow servant begged for time to repay his debt, but the man ordered him thrown into prison until he repaid.
When the king about this, he ordered the first man tortured until he repaid his debt.
What madness possessed him?
So, what madness possessed Bob (let's call him that for simplicity's sake) to behave so badly?
In my mind, it's obvious.
He just came out from under a debt of 200 years' wages.
Bob was in the hole big time.
Bob had expenses.
Bob needed his money, and he needed his money NOW.
Was he justified in demanding that Rick (just go with it) repay him his 100 days' worth of wages?
Under the law, completely justified.
In terms of practical need, completely understandable.
Yet we're all outraged at Bob. We all hate Bob.
He just came out from under 200 YEARS' worth of debt and he couldn't forgive Rick's 100 DAYS' worth of debt?
That's completely lacking in human decency. Completely lacking in kindness and compassion.
While completely legal, Bob's demands of Rick were in complete contravention of the law of love.
That's why we hate Bob.
What else could he have done?
To the thinking mind, he was not wrong.
But to the feeling person, he was utterly vile.
What should Bob have done, then? After all, he needed the money. Someone under 200 years' worth of debt isn't cash-rich, I can tell you.
He should have chosen to suffer a little longer for the sake of Rick's 100-day debt to him.
He should have gone and made more money.
He could have written a blog post or an ebook about his amazing turnaround from crushing debt.
He could have sold the movie rights.
He could have started a business.
He could have joined an MLM.
He could have gone and got a job.
He could have done one or more of many things to create income and wealth and cover for his expenses and Rick's debt, which Rick actually wanted to pay back, only with an extension.
Sometimes you have to do what's hard
Turn this around to you and me.
What 100 days' debt are you and I holding against someone?
Dude, I know your life is hard. How do I know this? Everyone's life is hard.
But you and I, we need to forgive the 100 days' debt owed to us.
Things like proper respect, good service at a restaurant (don't be a karen), the gossiping of a friend, the ghosting of a lover.
It's not that you don't deserve these rightful things.
You do. You deserve to be accorded the rights you're owed as a human being. You deserve to be afforded the treatment you paid for.
You do deserve these things.
It is completely within your rights to demand that friends don't fail you, that service providers provide you the service you paid for.
You do deserve it.
But think about the 200 years' debt to the king that you've been forgiven. Think about that and realise that the 100 days' debt that fellow sojourners owe you is nothing in comparison.
It will cost you some pain to forgive those debts and work a bit harder to make up for the shortcomings caused by them.
But, by the law of love, can you honestly do otherwise?
By human decency, can you not forgive a 100-DAY debt when you've been forgiven a 73,000-DAY debt?
Forgive, and the king will help you make up for the shortfall.
Forgive as you've been forgiven. This also is leadership.
Hard to do, of course, but that's why it takes leadership.