Re:Verse passage – Judges 7:23-24, 8:1-9 (day six)
Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ Matthew 18:32-33
When given the opportunity, Gideon failed to extend the same kind of grace God had extended to him. When he was uncertain and lacking in faith, God was gracious in providing him the encouragement he needed.
Yet following his successes, instead of understanding and grace, Gideon was quickly offended after being rebuffed by leaders in both towns. And rather than recounting the story of God’s call and successes in battle, he quickly resorts to threats and condemnation of his very own people.
Sound familiar? Too often we are just as easily offended, and can be quick to condemn rather than seek understanding. Like Gideon we can be grace-less