And his master’s heart was moved with compassion and he released him and forgave him, canceling the debt.
God’s heart is not marred with imperfections. His heart has no darkness in it. The thoughts of His heart have forever been, and forever will be, full of love towards us. No matter how great our debt is towards Him, He responds counter to what we deserve. His heart is not stagnant but moving—and He is moved in a way that benefits us. Where our hearts would not be able to cope with this kind of offense, His heart has the capacity to respond with a compassion so great it isn’t human.
His love, in response to our debt, is beyond comprehension. This is part of the reason we don’t appreciate Him and honor Him the way He deserves. We tend to appreciate a fellow human more than God if they just buy us lunch or say something nice to us—partly because we can understand that kind of love but more so because God’s love is beyond our human intellect. We even need His grace to understand His grace. We need His faith to understand His faithfulness. Forgiveness is God’s work—separate as it is from our efforts—but humility or childlike faith is the door to truly receiving and beginning to understand this great forgiveness.
The master in this story forgives the servant in two ways. Firstly, the master releases him from prison. Because of debt and non-payment, this slave would have been imprisoned. The second way the master forgives the servant is by canceling the actual debt. Forgiveness from our Heavenly King releases us from the prison of sin, but His love also forgives us of the actual debt of that sin. The debt of sin manifests itself in shame and guilt. It’s that constant feeling that we need to make up for our wrongs because we feel debt still hanging over our lives. Jesus reveals, in this parable, that His heart that was moved with compassion when He saw us in the debt of sin.
Jesus did not stay in Heaven, far off, but He was moved with compassion to become human. This sinless human King cleared our debt at His own expense. His cross releases us from prison, cancels our debt, gives us remission from the guilt-debt of sin. A human did what no human can do—revealing that Jesus is not just human but also God. God was on earth, and He was on earth as a man to pay for the debt of man. His heart left Heaven, and His heart is Jesus. There is no longer any question about His heart towards you. Jesus is the heart of God, and the heart of God is moved with compassion towards you. Will you receive the heart of God into your flawed heart? Will you let His heart of light penetrate your heart of darkness? Will you believe in Jesus Christ today and trust His heart to cancel the guilt and shame, to release you from the prison of fear you live in?
Simply refresh your commitment to Him today and receive the heart of God which is Jesus Christ, your Savior and King. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (see Romans 10:9). No more trying to repay what you could not pay. You are set free today. You are forgiven.
// Pastor Josh Kelsey