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… one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. - Matthew 18:24 (NLT)
During my first semester of college, I was floundering in calculus class. Fortunately, a sizable portion of my course grade was based on group projects. Early in the semester, I slid in with a group of math majors who ensured this portion of my grade stayed at a solid ‘A.’ The problem was that I was the “fifth wheel,” so to speak; our professor had stipulated that groups be no larger than four people.
Our final exam grade was a thick packet of problems the group had to solve together. The professor made it clear that groups consisting of more than four people would not receive credit. Being the weak link, my group gave me the boot. At the last minute, some friends of mine in another group agreed to let me write my name on their completed project. They were as kind as they were not good at math. My new group failed the exam, which was enough to drop my struggling grade below passing as well.
I sheepishly approached the professor the next day and explained my predicament. The professor asked simply, “So you’d like me to give you the grade that your original group earned? Ok.”
It was a grace I didn’t deserve, and it saved me not only losing credit for the class but losing an academic scholarship that was contingent on my GPA.
All talk of grace and forgiveness finds its genesis in the heart of our Father in heaven. He is a gracious master, a kind old professor if you will, who is ready and willing to wipe the slate clean with us, every moment of every day. No amount of red on our ledger—millions of dollars worth of sin, so to speak—is beyond his capacity or his desire to forgive. Whatever you think is holding you back from a life of freedom has already been forgiven in Christ.