Ephesians 4:32 ESV, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Christ forgave us, and still forgives us every time we repent, so we are commanded to forgive one another. When others offend us, it can really hurt, but God is merciful and understanding. He is our ever present help who is willing to help us to forgive our offenders. He wants us to be free from the pain we feel, so we can be free to live our lives and fulfill our purpose.
Although we are not always able to have a relationship with those we forgive for various reasons, forgiving them will help bring healing to our souls. God has wonderful plans for His children, and learning to forgive is an important part of those plans. Remembering all that God has forgiven us of is humbling, and it inspires us to show the same kindness to others.
“Forgive one another, as God in Christ forgave you”.
I’m always amazed at how good God is to us in spite of us. He keeps on giving, even on days where we feel as if we have nothing to give. He’s patient no matter how many times we fall, and He chooses to forgive us, even when we struggle to forgive ourselves. He knows all, sees all, and has all power in His hands.
His love works in our lives in ways that we can’t always understand, but everything He does is good. His plans and His ways are perfect. Every moment of our day is in His loving hands. He makes no mistakes. We only need to take one day at a time and continue to stay connected to Him as we trust and obey.
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1. Jesus has shown up unannounced at your front door, how long will it take you to answer the door? Not very long, the door is pretty close.
2. Is there anything you would want to put away or hide before you let Jesus in? WANT to? No, I have nothing to hide.
3. If Jesus looks for your Bible, where will He find it? It’s on my bed.
4. If Jesus asks you to play the last song you listened to, what song will it be? Nobody but Jesus by Shirley Caesar
5. If Jesus asks you to put on the last TV show, movie or YouTube video you watched, what will it be? Last movie was called Up.
6. It’s dinner time, what restaurant are you taking Jesus to? I haven’t been to a restaurant since February. I’d prefer cooking.
7. Do you invite anyone to join you for dinner or do you want to have dinner alone with Jesus? A few others would be nice.
8. Jesus has never eaten at the restaurant you are at, what do you recommend He order for dinner? We can ask the server what he/she recommends.
9. As you are eating dinner, you look toward the entrance and see the one person who has hurt you the most. What do you do? Nothing much I can do other than keep eating. I’m sure Jesus would have wise advice for this situation.
10. Before Jesus leaves, do you ask to take a picture with Him on your cell phone? Perhaps I will, but I could imagine Jesus saying no pictures please.
Deuteronomy 32:4 BSB, “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; all His ways are just. A God of faithfulness without injustice, righteous and upright is He.”
We serve a faithful God! We can trust Him to be faithful to us, love us endlessly and provide our needs. His resources never run out. There is no need to let worry or fear consume us, even with the uncertainties we are experiencing all around us. He is our Rock, who will keep us safe from harm. We can stand firm in Him.
Meditating on the truth that God is just, brings peace because it reminds us that He will always do what is right and fair. He doesn’t make mistakes. Continue to faithfully stand on the truth of God’s Word. Continue to trust His love for you one day at a time. Continue to rest in His faithfulness.
Proverbs 4:23 NIV, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Our hearts are like sponges, absorbing everything our eyes and ears take in. Therefore, we must be careful! We must be careful to guard what we allow our eyes to see, and our ears to hear. Our hearts reflect what we believe, how we think, they reveal exactly who we are.
Hiding God’s Word in our hearts by meditating on it day and night, will keep our hearts pure and distance us from temptation and sin. We can always check on the condition of our hearts by comparing it to the truth of God’s Word. May our hearts reflect the love and light of Jesus in all we say and do.
Romans 5:3-4 NIV, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
Although we don’t delight in suffering, especially while it’s happening to us, we know that God has a purpose for all of our hardships. We can rejoice knowing that as we persevere through our hardships, we are growing in character and hope.
The lessons we’ve learned from the difficulties we’ve faced, the wrong choices we’ve made, or from our spiritual journey of learning to trust the Lord, will benefit us throughout our lives.
No part of our life story is ever wasted. Every single chapter has a purpose, has helped us to become who we are today, and has allowed us to be able to help others. Just because we don’t understand every page of every chapter, doesn’t mean it’s not part of God’s plan.
The experiences we’ve had all work together for good as we continue to love, trust, and serve the Lord.