Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 NKJV
Grace is like an eraser, I think, in that it can make mistakes disappear. That random analogy popped in my head as I was trying to decide whether to give grace to someone. I’m embarrassed to admit that!
I mean …Who am I to even contemplate withholding grace, or forgiveness? Didn’t the Lord forgive me and doesn’t He still? (Yes!) Does He ever say, “No, I won’t forgive you. I am not feeling gracious today?”(No!)
It is not always easy to forgive, but it’s what God wants, simply put. God gives opportunities for us to practice our grace-giving skills on others. I have seen that lately!
The next time someone makes a mistake that affects or hurts you, remember…Jesus’ love covered our sins. Now, it’s our turn to love others, give them another chance. Although they may not ask for forgiveness, let’s give it anyway!
Loving that person is a testimony to our grace-full God! Grace’s eraser makes us not focus on the number of mistakes, but the amount we can love, with the Lord’s help.
We need to remember that our mission on earth is to love and serve God first and others second. It’s not about how WE are treated but how WE TREAT others. We can make a plan to love as He does, fully and freely.
Jesus was treated WAY worse than all of us, yet it did not stop Him from forgiving those who hurt Him. He was fully God but also fully human, so He felt pain as we do, meaning He understands what we are feeling. Forgiveness may seem impossible, but nothing is impossible with God! 🙂
My loving Lord…Thank you for your abundant grace that that forgives me. Please help me to apply that to others generously and freely, as a testimony to how grateful I am to you. You saved me when I didn’t deserve it. Help me to remember the world doesn’t revolve around ME, but YOU. I love you so much! Amen
Have a grace-filled day! With love from the Father to you,