July 27th, 2019
He That Has Been Forgiven Most
Luke 7:41-43 (KJB) There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
These scripture verses present two men; both were debtors. One man owed a great deal more than the other. Jesus asked a very important question concerning the spiritual state of these men, who would love Hm the most?
Insert the Apostle Paul or King David into this account. Then add the ungrateful Israelites or maybe even Absalom into the mix. Out of all these people, who do you think might be the ones to love God the most?
While we cannot know for sure in inserting these people into these illustrations who would love God the most, we can determine that it will ring true that the one(s) who have been forgiven the most will undoubtedly harbor the sincerest love for God.
We do know that the Israelites were commonly found to be angry with God and at the same time desired God’s best, even when failing to place trust in His presence and power at work in their life. Absalom, as we know, thought he was the answer to replacing his father King David on the throne. However, God promised that Solomon, son of David and Bathsheba, was to be His next choice for king.
Certainly, in looking at King David and the Apostle Paul we can agree that each of them disappointed God repeatedly, just like any other soul, including the Israelite nation or Absalom with the presence of grievous sin at work in their life. However, that being said, we also recognize that each of these men was valuable servants of God. In fact, the Bible tells us that David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts chapter 13). How can these two men be both utterly disappointing and desirable servants to God?
Forgiveness, clemency, or the pardon of confessed sin by God takes a naturally failing man and makes him one who has great reverence and respect for the divine working of the mercy and grace of God. Sincere recognition of who God is compared against great personal sin always brings a state of spiritual humbleness and can accumulate into prodigious adoration and worship of God. Any person who has not sought genuine forgiveness of sin (like some of the Israelites and perhaps Absalom) fail to have a growing admiration for God and sadly often remain a debtor to God.