Movement toward peace begins with forgiveness.
In forgiving, we withhold what a person deserves, letting it go, cancelling the debt of sin against us, and we extend grace, taking on the debt to love.
We can appreciate forgiveness in a fuller way by tracing out the life of Jesus Christ as God’s remedy for sin.
Jesus often tells stories to startle. He wants to grab our attention, to make sure we get the point and the point gets us.