A local bank manager decided to bring the accounts up to date with all the townspeople who had borrowed money. One of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. He couldn’t pay, so the bank manager ordered that he sell his house, his car and liquidate his business so that he could pay the debt.
But the man broke down in tears before the bank manager and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ Then the bank manager was filled with pity for him, and wrote off his debt.
But when the man left the bank, he went to a customer who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.
His customer burst into tears and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But the businessman wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.
When the other townspeople heard about this, they were very upset. They went to the bank manager and told him everything that had happened. Then the bank manager called in the businessman whose debt he had written off and said, ‘You evil man! I wrote off that massive debt of yours because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your customer, just as I had mercy on you?’ Then the bank manager arranged for bailiffs to recover every last penny he was owed by the businessman.