Then Jesus told this story to show his students how God looks at forgiveness (103).
“Once there was a king who decided to check on the status of his servants’ accounts. One servant owed him a million dollars, but he didn’t have enough to pay his debt. So the king ordered him to be sold as a slave — with his wife & his children & all his possessions — in order to pay the debt. The servant fell on his knees before the king & begged him, ‘Please be patient, and I will pay you everything.’
“The king had compassion for him, so he forgave him the debt and let him go. Then that same man went out and met a fellow servant who owed him a hundred dollars. He grabbed him & started choking him & demanding, ‘Pay back what you owe me!’
“The fellow servant fell down and begged him, ‘Please be patient, and I will pay you everything.’ But the first servant refused and had the second servant thrown in jail until the debt was paid.
“When other servants saw this, they were very upset and went to the king and told him everything. So the king called the first servant in & exclaimed, ‘You are a worthless servant! I forgave you the million you owed me, just because you asked me to. You should have shown mercy to your fellow servant, just as I showed mercy to you.’ In his fury, the king sent the first servant to jail to be punished until his entire debt was paid.”
Jesus concluded, “That is just how God will treat you, unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”
(103) Matthew 18:23-35