Matthew talks about forgiveness in today’s reading. In it, Jesus says that forgiveness is not a question of how much to forgive but of who can forgive. The answer is: the One who forgives from his heart.
For the early Jewish Christians this teaching meant that they owed fellow members of the church forgiveness since each of them served the same all-forgiving Lord. In our own day, when we go to “settle accounts” with our neighbors, we must remember that all debts are owed to God.
Christ is the merciful king who forgives us from his heart. Knowing our neighbor’s debt has been forgiven we must forgive our neighbor, for we cannot remember what God has chosen to forget.
Preached by the Rev. Jake Dell on September 17, 2017 at Holy Trinity Church Inwood.