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“… for this I do apologize to you and Carole …”

As I read that apology I could hear my inner voice bubbling up to the surface, mockingly stating,

“that’s it!?”

The error, made by a business who omitted their own commission in the multitude of contracts that hubby and I signed.

When the ‘deal’ was done, they discovered their commission omission, and quickly let us know what we still owed.

To say that we were shocked, would be an understatement.

A significant amount of money had already gone to grease the hands of others. Part of that money intended to insure that all i’s were dotted and all t’s were crossed.

After the shock of yet another bill was digested, we sat down to carefully, thoughtfully respond to this email announcement. We explained, right off the top, that we would certainly pay what was owed, but we also explained our disappointment, and shock that this important detail was missed, and that we were now left holding the bag.

We waited the reply …


for five days.

Then, when it did arrive the response was,

“for this I do apologize to you and Carole …”

And that was it …

I admit, although we are more than willing, and plan to repay fully what we owe, I was hoping that the apology would eliminate the cost … after all, it was their mistake, they should have to pay for it!


And then I remembered the story, the story that reminds me that we have all made mistakes.

It is the story from Matthew 18:21-35, of the unforgiving debtor.

The story is told of a man who owed a king a butt-load of bucks that he could not repay, so the king called his loan, and said that the man, and his entire family would need to be sold into slavery to repay his debt.

The man begged the king for patience, promising to pay it all in full!

The king not only agreed, but forgave the debt completely! He was now a man freed from the chains of his debt.

What mercy this man received! He must have felt profound grace!


This man immediately went to another man who owed him money, wrapped his hands around his throat and insisted that the man pay his debt immediately … or else!

This man begged for a little more time, promising to repay in full (sound familiar?).

And what did this man, who had just had his own debt forgiven, do?

He had the guy thrown into prison!

News of this got back to the kind, who was livid!

He had this man, whose debt he forgave, brought to him, and he let his rage loose on him.

The king said,

“You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?”

Then the king had this man imprisoned, and he literally took the debt from him in flesh and bone.

The parable ends with Jesus telling his disciple, Peter,

 “that’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”

And so, with great humility, I will accept the apology of the man who made a mistake, and forgive him. I will pay him what he is owed.

Because …

that is how my heavenly Father has dealt with my debts …

He has forgiven.


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