Being Generous with Debt
By Mike Stickler
23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him.
25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
Over the years, I’ve had ministries in which I do business not be able to fulfill their contracts, pay their debts, or just completely had a change in direction. Generally, my procedure is to test their “willingness” to pay versus their ability to pay. Usually in the conversation, several justifications are said to why they shouldn't have to pay.
But after careful probing, it comes down to they just can’t pay. In my mind, the only biblical response is to forgive the debt and release the debtor. It’s interesting that Jesus – when answering Peter's question “how often should I forgive?” – uses an illustration of financial indebtedness. I believe it’s because money, possessions, and power are the idols of man.
With money “owed” them, I’ve watched people go through incredible gyrations, frustrations, anger, and even revenge because they can’t get back the money due. Repeatedly, we let this unresolved debt become such an obstacle it puts us out of fellowship with God and with others around us. The result is often living a life of bitterness.
People write me and tell me that I don’t understand, that they needed that money, that the debtor is ripping them off, or, finally, that they will sue to get even.
The truth is unforgiveness declares, “I refuse to release this individual into the hands of the Lord to deal with this person justly, something only He can do. By releasing the debt to the Lord, I am trusting Him to provide for my needs and He will make up for any perceived loss.”
Who “owes” you today? Can you trust God by releasing this debt into His hands? Can you trust God to provide for your perceived loss, in the manner He chooses? If so, write or call that person and forgive that debt today.
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About Michael Stickler
Michael Stickler is a highly gifted author, philanthropist, horseman and internationally sought-after conference speaker. His all-time bestselling book, A Journey to Generosity, is widely acclaimed throughout the Christian community. He is the Principal of Leadership Books and writes for many international publications.
His 2017 best seller, Cliven Bundy American Patriot, reveals the truth of what is known as the “Bunkerville Stand Off.”
And, now his 2019 book Life Without Reservation, is charging up the best sellers list! For the first time in his long career he is working on his first fiction book Ghost Patriot to be release in 2021.