This passage has three seemingly distinct teachings — parable of the shrewd manager, whether the Law and Prophets stopped with Yokhanan the Baptizer and a “one-liner” on divorce – but all of them as well as the parable that follows of the rich man and Lazar deal with one topic: God as Master or wealth as Master.
Forgiveness is not a difficult biblical topic to understand. However, because humans are creatures of emotion, forgiveness becomes more complex in its application. It plays out in may angles and levels and groupings: the need to forgive others, forgive ourselves and even forgive God. In seeking resolution to even a modest offense, it can involve the offender, the offended, God (if the parties are believers) and third parties — families friends, pastors, the church, mediators, attorneys and even the police.
Not all who call themselves Christians will be among the “first fruits” unless they learn the discipline of forgiveness.