Marcus LacewellMatthew 18:23-33
King James Version (KJV)
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31 So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
I saw a movie that was taking place in the 1950's. In the movie, a man was meeting his fiance's parents for the first time. At first, the parents were thinking negatively about him and the situation because he was black and they were white. After a while, the man's humble character began to lose their negativity and gain their acceptence. At the same time, one of the parents fired one of their white employees because of the employee's negative thinking toward the relationship.
I saw this as unfair. I immediately thought of:Matthew 7:5-7
King James Version (KJV)
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
I always thought that verse 6 is a verse that was not part of the original Bible: added later, by a person, incomplete or had translation issues. I say this because timing is everything. If you would 'cast pearls' before a person that never experienced hard times, they may discard them. But, if you were to 'cast pearls' before someone that is in a hard time, that may change their life. These two situations can happen to one person in the same day.
The movie supported my assumption. In the movie, the parent reacted negatively toward someone for thinking like the parent originally thought. If the parents would have originally received a negative reaction, they may not have ever reached acceptence.
(Back to verse 6) In Christanity, we are to strive to be like God. So, we are to 'cast our pearls before swine,' because we don't know when/if the swine may think of our pearls and change. ''''Before we were believers, we were 'swine.' In order for us to no longer be swine, someone had to 'cast pearls before us.' Unlearn.