Prof. Emily Walsh – “Amazing Grace”
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’” – Matthew 18:21-22
In Matthew 18: 21 – 35, Jesus tells the parable of the unmerciful servant in which He compares the kingdom of Heaven to a king who decides to settle his accounts with his servants. One of his servants is unable to pay an enormous debt and because of his plea, he spares this servant and his family. When the man leaves the presence of the king, he finds his fellow servant that is indebted to him. Rather than show mercy and forgiveness, he demands repayment and has him imprisoned for it.
We have debt so great that we will never fully repay it and could be imprisoned for life, but because of the sacrifice of Christ, we can be forgiven of our sins and experience God’s grace first-hand. How many times do we experience the mercy of God but fail to extend the same hand of grace to the people around us? And are we willing to also follow Scripture and confront sin with a spirit of humility and grace?
Matthew 18:15 encourages us that “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you…” What an amazing testimony to extend grace to those we are in community with when we hold each other accountable in love.
“I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” – Matthew 18:18
- Prof. Emily Walsh, Assistant Professor of Business, Economics & Political Science