“Should You Not Have Had Mercy?”
When we pray the part of the Lord’s Prayer that says, ‘Forgive us our debts as we forgive those who are indebted to us,’ help us to do so with our eyes wide open, Lord.
Constantly remind us of the great mercy that you have shown to us and cause that mercy to flow out constantly from us to those people who have wronged us.
Inspire us by your great forgiveness that comes from your great heart and is thus full and real, Lord, so that our forgiveness will come from our hearts that have been changed and are being changed by your mercy.
Grant that the mercy we extend to others will be as willing and sincere as the mercy you extend to us.
“Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you? And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.’” (Matthew 18:32-35)