Debtor’s Prison

Oct 01

by Victoria Robinson

Do you have a debt you cannot repay? The Word of God says that when we borrow money we become a servant to the lender. It also shows us that the only debt we should incur is the debt of love. If we have God’s love for others then it becomes easier to obey God in the matter of forgiveness. Having a heart of unforgiveness will lock us up in a place called debtor’s prison. The only way to be set free is to forgive those who have wronged you. It is important to understand that God does not possess the key to the debtor’s prison cell. You, my dear girlfriend, are the only one who has the key to freedom. You can pray for freedom all you want, but until you forgive, there you will sit locked up in a dreary cell. In the story of the unmerciful servant, the first servant was forgiven of a huge debt of millions of dollars. Unbelievably, instead of walking in freedom, this man chose to go out and find a fellow servant who owed him a much smaller amount than he had himself been forgiven of. Actually the amount owed was only hundreds of dollars! He started choking the man and insisted on getting repaid. When his fellow servant could not repay, he had him thrown in debtor’s prison. When the master found out, he became enraged and had the servant he had forgiven thrown in debtor’s prison. This is exactly what happens in our lives when we do not forgive. Girlfriends, God has paid the ultimate price to forgive our sins. It is then foolish of us to imprison ourselves with an unforgiving heart. Remember, you are the only one with the key to your freedom from debtor’s prison. Dearest girlfriends, I pray that we would free ourselves from debtor’s prison through forgiveness and walk with the Father in freedom.  

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. ~ Proverbs 22:7  

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. ~ Romans 13:8-10 
 
“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 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. “The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” ~ Matthew 18:23-35
 
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. ~ Colossians 3:13-14

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