In Matthew, we read the parable of the unforgiving servant. He could not pay his debts, so he begged the king for mercy, who then cancelled all he owed. The man then met a fellow servant who owed him a hundred denarii, but instead of following the example of the king, the man demanded payment and had his fellow servant thrown in prison when he could not pay (Matthew 18:21-35). The king took offense because the servant didn’t imitate him.
This parable refers to Jesus who paid our debt on the cross. When Jesus forgave our sins, our entire lives were covered, even the sins we haven’t committed yet. That is grace; and we have so much to be thankful for. With this understanding, we’re instructed to have compassion for our fellow servants just as Jesus had compassion for us.
As Christians, we have a responsibility to be aware of our actions. To many people, our actions are the only scriptures they read: they only see how we forgive, and how we treat others. Paul writes, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). This is not an easy task but being a follower of Jesus means that we deny ourselves and pick up our cross.
Jesus Himself said, “the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise” (John 5:19). In the same way, we are meant to be imitators of Christ.