But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.Matthew 18:28-30
The child who is caught with his hands in the cookie jar is probably less sorry about his attempt to snatch a cookie when he thought no one was looking than he is about getting caught in the act, wouldn’t you agree? He may say he is sorry but is he, really?
In his second letter to the church at Corinth, Paul expresses the same kind of thought when evaluating true repentance compared to something less than genuine.
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.2 Corinthians 7:10
As we move along in the parable above we find a man who gladly received the forgiveness of the king, but he was less than willing to grant mercy to his fellow man.
What kind of sorrow do you think he experienced, Godly or worldly? The answer is clear, but I wonder how many of us may be guilty of being unforgiving toward others? What do you think?