Devotion Text: Matthew 18:21-35
How do you respond to all God does for you?
Do you pray for God’s help and then worry if he will send aid? Do you thank God for his gifts, but then horde them as if he would not send more? Do you praise God for his mercy and yet refuse mercy to your neighbor in the next breath?
In the gospel this week, Jesus tells a parable of an unmerciful servant who is graciously given a clean slate by his master to whom he owed a large debt. That servant’s response to his master’s gift was as short-lived as ours. He went, found a fellow servant who owed him a small amount of money, and had him thrown into prison.
Of all God provides for us, forgiveness is his best and most gracious gift. Our response to God’s mercy then will fill our lives and define us. Worship won’t end at the closing hymn but will continue as we go into the world and live as children provided for by our heavenly father.
God’s mercy changes our lives. No more worrying, only trust. No more selfishness, only charity. No more cruelty, only mercy.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for all you provide for me. Most of all, thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to die for my sins. Forgive me for all the times I have lived a life of unthankfulness and give me the strength to continually thank you day after day for every gift you give me.