Kitchen Table Devotions
Then summoning him, his lord *said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’
There are people who recognize the gifts of God but they never receive them. There’s a difference, remember that! We can recognize what’s being said, done, and given, but recognition isn’t reception. That’s the way it works with forgiveness; it must be received. There will be a day of accounting for every one of us and it won’t be for what we recognized but for what we received. It’s not going to be what we recognized as truthful but what we received in our hearts as the truth. The lord called his servant “wicked”. His lord saw him as diseased, derelict, and deceived. The wicked servant couldn’t respond because he hadn’t received it. He recognized forgiveness, but he didn’t receive forgiveness. It’s a foolish and frustrating way to live and it fools the heart of the desperate man.