“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” Ephesians 4:32 NIV

It’s hard to forgive when actions and words create wounds in the soul. We tend to want to “get back” at those who cause unwelcome pain. But God wants us to remember we are not in charge of judgement. He calls us to forgive. Forgiveness is an act of obedience. And when we obey, God prepares hearts for healing. 

“As children of God, we are expected to follow His example. Just as He extended mercy and compassion to His rebellious people; we are expected to extend kindness, mercy, and compassion to those who hurt us.” It isn’t always easy. But…”We mustn’t withhold God’s goodness from anyone.” 

God helps us remember what Jesus did, when He took our pain with love and forgiveness. He died and rose again! Through his death, burial and resurrection, He demonstrated love to FORGIVE. In painful moments of suffering, Jesus sacrificed His life to the will of the Father and paid the price of our sin. 

Christ prepares us to be led by the Father. He readies us to receive the offering of mercy and grace. He nurtures the love of our faith and helps us remember we are commanded to LOVE one another. And He reminds us why we are loved by Him. 

It can be difficult to think about forgiveness and deal with sadness and shame. But God knows the heart of those who ask to be forgiven. He hears their prayers for mercy and breaks the chains that bind. He blesses those who choose to forgive and restores hearts to faithfully trust. 

The Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV 

God will make room for peace to dwell. He will strengthen those who seek His presence and humble their hearts. He will bless the efforts of those who choose to forgive. And in the love of obedience, He will restore, rebuild and remind us how very much we are loved.

Dear God, Thank you for Jesus! We honor the One who died in our place. Fill us with desire to remember the cross and consider what it means to be loved by You. Help us find strength in the power of Your presence. Humble our hearts to remember You are the Provider of peace. Help us obey your commands, as we seek Your presence and humble our hearts to love one another. Thank you for freedom that comes from forgiveness. Thank you, Lord for loving each one of us. Amen


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