The official Spanish name for the site is the Isle of the Pelicans,but nobody knows it by that name. It
is best known as Alcatraz, one of the most escape-proof prisons in the world. From 1933 to 1963 it
served as a federal prison, and during that time twenty- six prisoners tried to escape. Only five
Surrounded by the cold waters of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz boasted high walls, double-lock doors,
machine guns in the hands of the guards, and a staff that could not be bribed. Alcatraz is now a tourist
attraction, but some tourists have admitted they do not find the Big House too attractive.
The world’s worst prison, however, is not Alcatraz or Devil’s Island, for those places can only confine
the body. The prison Jesus talked about shackles the inner man and, sad to say, we put ourselves into
this prison. What is this terrible prison? It is created by the person who has an unforgiving spirit.
Verse for today: “Then came Peter to Him, and said, ‘Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me,
and I forgive him? Till seven times?" Jesus saith unto him, ‘I say not unto thee, until seven times: but,
until seventy times seven’” (Matthew 18:21-22).
Consider: Matthew 18:15-20; Luke 17:3-4; 1 Peter 4:8.
Action assignment: We are either forgiving or unforgiving. If we are unforgiving we put ourselves
into the prison of our own feelings and frustrations. Forgiveness brings out the best in us and frees us
to serve God. Is there anybody you need to forgive? Thank God for His grace that has forgiven you,
and ask for His grace to help you forgive others.
WARREN W. WIERSBE