“Forgave Him the Debt”
We acknowledge, O God, that we owe you more than we could repay were we to live an infinite number of lifetimes.
We confess our folly in thinking that we could ever by our own effort make things right with you.
But mainly, O God, we praise you for your great compassion that leads you to forgive us. Cause us always to recognize that your great grace is not cheap but is rather very, very costly to you.
Gratitude, O God—how can we feel anything other than great, great gratitude for your great, great grace?
“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt.” (Matthew 18:23-27)