Love or Hate?
Love or Hate?
Ephesians 4:31-32 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
When conflict arises with another person. We have a choice in life we can take the wrong done to us, whether perceived or real and let it fester inside of us. That offense will then quickly turn into bitterness, and from bitterness into anger, hatred, and rage. The more we think about it the worst it will become. But God has not called us to hate. Instead he has called us to love. That means we need to show compassion, mercy, and forgiveness to others even those who have hurt us or that we do not like.
Ultimately we need to forgive because Christ forgave us. In Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus tells a parable about an unforgiving servant. In the story the servant owed the king almost 22 billion dollars (that's $22,000,000,000) now obviously this is not an amount any of us including the servant could actually repay. The servant though asked the King for mercy and the King forgave an unpayable debt. The servant though went out and found another servant who owed him 10 thousand dollars ($10,000) and even though that servant pleaded and asked for mercy, he had him thrown into prison. The story end with the King throwing the first servant in prison and reminded him that he should have shown mercy to others just as he was shown mercy.
Now $10,000 is a lot of money but it is something most people can pay back over time especially since at some point in our lives we will purchase a new or used car that exceeds that amount and we pay it back. Yes, it is a lot of money but really not that much compared to billions. Now $22,000,000,000 is a different story it is something we could spend the rest of our lives paying back and never do it. (It would take you over 60 years to pay back that debt paying back 1 million per day). It is the same way with our sin. Our sin against God is something that we will never be able to pay back and ultimately the King, God, in His mercy showed us grace and forgives us of that huge debt when we surrendered out lives to Christ. Which is why if He can forgive us of something so big, He expects us to forgive those whom have hurt us for their small things against us.
Jesus said in Matthew 18:35 that if we do not forgive, God will do to us what he did to the unforgiving servant. Today you have a choice, love or hate. The choice is yours? Which will you choose?
Here are the units of measure for the story from Matthew 18 with today’s gold & silver prices.
Units of measure:
10,000 talents x 130 pounds (weight of 1 talent) x 16 ounces x $1,069.51 (price of gold per ounce) = $22,245,808,000
10,000 talents x 130 pounds x 16 ounces x $14.185 (price of silver per ounce) = $295,048,000
Denarii was a day’s wage. 100 denarii ~ 3 months pay if you made $40,000 per year $10,000 in 3 months.