Tag Archive | forgiveness

I will try harder to love you all.

But, God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive with Christ ~ by grace you have been saved ~ Ephesians 2:4-5

One of the areas I have struggled with all my life is the ability to love all people. Don’t get me wrong, I love people….in general. When I do cross paths with someone that I don’t feel “love” for….I try to look at the person as God would. Sometimes, this is hardest accomplishments I can think of. I can help any person. I can extend forgiveness to anyone. I can pray for them and with them. I find it very difficult to love them.

God loves them. He loves them no more and no less than He loves me. Then I realize we can LOVE EVERYONE. We don’t have to love what they do or what they represent or how they behave. But, we can LOVE THEM.

Think of the good we can do if we love everyone. If it weren’t for God’s love, I wouldn’t be living a better life in Christ. If it weren’t for God’s love, I would still be looking for love in all the wrong places. If we are to love others as God has loves us……then our love will show others they can have a better life too. The goal would be to love others as God does, to show them what their life will be like, living in CHRIST.

 

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Forgive Me!

Forgiveness is not as difficult as it seems. Nor is it as difficult as we make it. There are two verses that come to mind when I think of forgiveness.

Colossians 3:13  ..bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Ephesians 4:32  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

The theme that I see here is that God forgave us. He forgives me and he forgives you. To walk In Christ is to follow in Jesus’ example. Who are we to withhold forgiveness when He graciously gives forgiveness to all sinners.

It is not for us to withhold forgiveness. Besides, forgiveness has its own healing power and freedom. Forgiveness is not acceptance or condoning bad behavior or sinful acts. Neither are we expected to forget. Learning to forgive is showing the wisdom to stop punishing your own future. Forgiveness is a bold choice. Give it a try!