Luke 16:4 I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.
Luke 16:5 So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord?
Luke 16:6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.
The steward's plan was to forgive part of what was owed, so that people in debt would be indebted to him and care for his needs. I see this in part as our forgiving others and showing them grace as representing our Master, God the Father.
Mat 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Mat 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Mat 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Luke 16:7 Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write fourscore. (eighty)
Luke 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
He was commended for showing mercy and forgiving debts. We can only forgive in part when we forgive others. If we are wronged we forgive, because we are commanded to forgive, still the debt remains with God, the master. Those who have sinned against us, we are to forgive, but God sees that there is a greater debt owed to him. David knew this, as he spoke the Psalm:
Psa 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Psa 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
If they come to Jesus, the debt of sin is entirely removed. We are to forgive, this frees us from anger and bitterness. God still sees the sin of the other. In Christ Jesus we are all forgiven.
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mat 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Mat 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Mat 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
We should be wiser than the world, for we have God's wisdom within us, through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Luke 16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
Be good stewards of the money God has given to you. Do good with it, make friends and be received through Jesus into everlasting life in the house of God.
Eaglewings New Testament Studies