Today’s post we will continue to explore Forgiveness, and how extending forgiveness is an act of compassion and love. We all want others to over look our flaws, our eccentricities, our failures, our sins or ugly characters. We cover with makeup, clothing, material possession and hide behind religious doctrine to make ourselves appear less flawed than others, and while we our selves are portraying this image, we forget what we truly look like (James 1:22-25), holding ourselves to this grand ideal of perfection and having “arrived to the Kingdom” and yet we judge others, ” look at what she did”, ” I can not believe he would say that”, If I were them…” However, we ourselves have fallen prey to the very temptations, habits and character flaws that plague all of humanity. Why do you think God sent his son? If we were perfect (like the selfies we put on our social media pages) then Jesus would not have had to sacrifice his life for ours.
All of us have faults and weaknesses, we all have something that has kept us bound or has us bound. we all get mad, we all make unwise decisions at times in our lives; so today I ask you to forgive that one person whom you think have no hope, remembering without Jesus you had no hope, and you and that person were both enemies of God but now are called his friends, “21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault Col 1:21-22.“. Our brothers and sisters are flawed, we are all flawed but by the power of the Holy Spirit of God we are changed in our character by the work he does in our hearts through the Word of God, which is Jesus who took away our sins and have made us righteous before our Father in Heaven. So when you are deceived, betrayed, abused, hurt, misused, treated with disdain, remember your Lord received the same and the servant is not greater than his Master. Let us love one another regardless of the others actions.
Peter asked the Lord how many times should we forgive, Jesus answered seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21-22), meaning that as often as needed to forgive. Pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ and for those who do not know Christ, that they maybe saved. Who knows while you are talking and judging your brother, the Lord would come back for them and you are left behind. Do not forget what you looked like before Christ and what you look like now. It was not by your power, nor by your might, but by the Grace and gift of God in forgiveness!
Love you all stay strong in the Lord and remember that Grace Redeemed you!