In the verses before Matthew 18:35 Jesus had been telling a parable about a servant who owed the King 10,000 talents. A talent was 20 years wages so it would have taken the servant 200,000 years to pay it off!!! Seeing as he couldn't pay the debt the King ordered that his family be sold into slavery to help pay the debt. The servant begged for mercy, the King felt sorry for him and cancelled the debt!!! Great story - but it doesn't end there. The servant was owed some money by another servant (about a day's pay). He threw him into jail because he couldn't pay it. When the King heard about this he was furious and threw the wicked, unforgiving servant into jail to be tortured until he could pay the debt. Don't stress, the story isn't real, it's just a parable. The moral of the story is pretty heavy though. In verse 35 Jesus said, This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. God forgave us a huge debt we couldn't pay, the debt for our sin. If we don't forgive others (and their offences against us are way less that our sin against God), we are behaving wickedly.
Challenge: if you are angry, resentful or bitter towards someone, forgive them right now. If it's hard, ask God for help.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.