Thus Sunday, my friend Jonathan is scheduled to teach on Matthew 18:21-35 – the parable of the unforgiving servant. I’ve talked with Jonathan a few times about the passage, but I’m studying it as well. I’m excited that he’s studying this passage in the context of the entire chapter, recognizing that we are to deal with and forgive others when they sin against us or offend us, not just to forgive monetary debts.
When we were talking earlier this week, Jonathan asked me a strange question. He said, “I want to use you as an example. I want to talk about a time at the camping trip when you were in a bad mood… kinda grumpy. I recognized it, but I didn’t say anything to you about it. I should have.”
I know what you’re thinking… but, no, I’m not upset that Jonathan is using me as a negative example. In fact, I’m glad and excited! Why? Because I’m glad that he knows me that well! And, I’m glad that he feels the freedom to ask me about it. I wish he had approached me then – it would have been better for both of us.
So… how would you feel if someone used you as a negative example?