The Christian life is a journey towards ” perfection “. We are incapable debtors, unable to reimburse our debts against our Father – God. God cannot close His eyes towards the ” culture of sins ” which is sweeping humanity. For this reason, He willingly lied the life of His only beloved Son Jesus Christ ( John 3: 16).
The crystal clear message of this Sunday is about a shout ( cry ) for exoneration from Jesus Christ for the living together in love and mercy in a mutual community, in the image of His sacrifice – Romans 5: 8 ” But God commends his own love towards us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us. “ SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN! in Matthew 18: 22 The use of the symbolic numbers that indicated completeness ( lacking nothing, whole, entire, full ) was obviously designed to lead the mind of the questioner altogether away from any specially numerical standard as such. Luke 17: 3-4 ” Be careful. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in the day, and seven times returns, saying, I repent, you shall forgive him. ” As there was no such limit to the forgiveness ( mercy ) of God, there should be none to that of Man.
The doctrine of exoneration ( mercy ) have two (2) aspects:
- you must forgive in order to be forgiven ( this the principle of barter in economics ). Because you have forgiven a neighbor, then he in return must exercise forgiveness in remembrance of that debt, to others.Therefore, we can only accomplished this mission, through the power of the Holy Spirit by God’s wisdom – James 1: 5 ” But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach; and it will be given to him. “;
- God wanted us to experienced something beyond numbers ( above human mathematics ), His Divine mercy. That is why the Parable of the unmerciful servant was told between a King and the servant. God is exhorting us to focus to that unlimited and undeserved mercy. God himself had forgiven us in an extraordinary manner, regardless of the countless amount we owned as His servant. However, God is exhibiting an act of Divine mercy out of His unfailing love, without expecting any economical return on investment.
We are once more called today to remember that, we can recalled the wrongs we have afflicted to each other, and even the Church. We can acknowledge our sins in God presence and ask for forgiveness, but we can not exercise forgiveness in the measure of God’s forgiveness at our baptism – Romans 5: 20 ” The law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where in abounded, grace abounded more exceedingly. ” We are debtors for life against God.
Therefore, we must live to forgive one another endless times ( SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN ) especially our enemies; adversaries; debtors ( Matthew 6: 12 ), because this is a recipe for fellowship with God, or continuous communion with our Father, God Almighty.