Bahan Alkitab: Matthew 18:21-35
Since God forgives us, we must forgive one another.
Children learn what it means to forgive others. To forgive means to give our love to others who hurt us.
Children learn that forgiveness is not cheap. There is a price that must be paid to forgive others.
Children learn to forgive others.
Today’s bible story is about the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant. There are three characters in this story: a King, Servant A, and Servant B. Servant A borrowed a lot lot of money from the King (the sum of debt ~ 2000 years of work); while Servant B borrowed some money from Servant A (the sum of debt ~ 3 months of work).
One day the King summoned Servant A and asked him to pay back all the money that he owed. Since servant A could not pay; the King ordered him to be sold together with his wife, children, and all that he has to pay his debts. So, the servant fell on his knees and said, “Have patience with me. Wait a little bit more and I will pay everything.” The King knows that the servant could not possibly pay back his debts, even if the servant works very hard. So, out of pity, the King released him and forgave all his debts. The King paid it all.
When Servant A walked out, he met Servant B who was in debt to him. Servant A began to choke him and asked him to pay all his debts. Servant B fell on his knees and said, “Have patience with me. I will pay you.” But Servant A refused and put him in prison until he could pay back his debts. Servant A already forgot that he was just forgiven by the King.
Then the King heard what happened to Servant A and B. The King summoned Servant A and said, “You wicked servant! I have forgiven all your debts. Should you also forgive your fellow servant?” In anger, the King sent Servant A to prison until he could pay all his debts.
This story teaches us that we must learn to forgive others, just as God has forgiven us. Just like Servant A, we have unpayable debt to God since our debt costs Jesus’ life; but God choose to forgive us. So, we must learn to forgive other people who hurt us.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors