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I would like to point out that it was not necessarily justice which prompted the king to have forgiveness for the servant. It was mercy. He extended mercy, at his own loss, for he would not be repaid the debts owed to him. He did, however, implement justice later on, when the servant he forgave, chose to act in selfishness, rather than recognizing that he had been shown mercy and should, in turn, show that same mercy to others. Therefore, the king acted justly in exacting punishment on the servant, by retracting his forgiveness.
In the Bible we are commanded to love mercy. The king loved mercy and exhibited this in his treatment of the servant. The servant, however, loved himself and did not treat other in mercy. The Bible also commands us to do justice. The king exacted justice on the servant for his treatment of others. The servant, however, did not do justice. For him to act justly, he would have recognized the undeserving mercy he had been given and extend that to others.