Verse 23 Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. Verse 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Verse 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. Verse 26 At this, the servant fell on his knees before him. Be patient with me, he begged, and I will pay back everything. Verse 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. Verse 28 But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. Payback what you owe me he demanded. Verse 29 His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, Be patient with me, and I will pay it back. Verse 30 But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. Verse 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. Verse 32 Then the master called the servant in. You wicked servant, he said, I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Verse 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you? Verse 34 In anger, his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured until he should pay back all he owed. Verse 35 This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.
Verse 23 To 35 Meaning
These verses are the parable of the unmerciful servant. Jesus was explaining to his disciples what happens to a person when they do not forgive other people for their wrongdoings.
In these verses the king is God, the master is God, the servant is us, the debt is our sins and the jailer is hell.
What God wants us to do is to turn to him and ask him for forgiveness for all our sins we have committed. He is a merciful God. He will forgive you.
Then he also says that we must forgive everybody that has sinned against us because he has forgiven us of our sins. We must love our fellow humans as he loves us. No matter what they have done wrong. Remember God will forgive you no matter what you have done wrong.
You need to love others as you love yourself. God is waiting right outside your door. You just need to open that door and he will come running in. Don’t forget to close the door once God is inside, to prevent unwanted enemies to enter.
We need to remember God will also get angry with us if we do not obey him. So if we do not forgive others from our hearts as God has forgiven us, on the day of judgment he will be asking us why we did not forgive others?
If we do not forgive God will send us to hell and be punished for all the sins we originally committed. That is what Jesus is saying in verse 34.
This is confirmed in verse 35 as Jesus says, “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
Please, ask for forgiveness. Read the bible and be filled with the holy spirit and knowledge to lead a righteous life.