Angry, the king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. Matt 18:34
It has been said that unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. That's exactly what Jesus meant when He told this parable about the king and the ungrateful servant. The servant had been forgiven of a huge debt he could never repay; yet, he refused to extend that same kindness to his fellow servant. When he refused to forgive as he had been forgiven, he paid the price for his selfishness. He had to live in torment because of his unforgiveness. So do we.
The idea of forgiveness is often offensive to us when we’ve been deeply hurt. We think that forgiveness means we are letting someone off the hook or saying that what they did was okay. Neither is true. If we refuse to forgive, we suffer for it. We open the door to the tormentors such as resentment, rage, bitterness, depression, fear, and physical ailments. Unforgiveness is a heavy chain wrapped around our lives, preventing us from enjoying the season we are in. Jesus offers us a pair of bolt cutters called Forgiveness. When we forgive, we cut those chains that keep us enslaved to the ones who hurt us. Forgiveness transfers ownership of that wrong into the hands of God and trusts Him with the outcome. With chains gone, we can enjoy life’s seasons, freed from the bondage of someone else’s choices.
Are you bound by chains of offense? Take the bolt cutters Jesus offers and free yourself.