We have all lived through very unusual and troubled times this last year. Much of what has happened has divided the country and caused our feelings to be on edge. Some have given in to our human nature and allowed bitterness, anger and harsh words to enter our lives. If our country is ever to heal, if we are ever to help with healing, we must do our part to be peacemakers and not troublemakers. We need to examine our hearts for anything in our lives that has been divisive and then ask God to forgive us. Once we have ask God to forgive us then we can ask God to help us forgive others that we don’t agree with.
C.S. Lewis was a Christian poet and writer. He said, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in me.” Forgiveness doesn’t excuse or minimize bad behavior. It does not say that those we forgive deserve it. Forgiveness is for our benefit and for healing our relationship with God even though it might not heal the relationship with the person that we forgive. Paul wrote this to the church people in Ephesus. [Ephesians 4: 31-32.] “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead be kind to each other, tender hearted, forgiving on another, just as God through Christ has forgiven us.”
As we go through this new year with so much that troubles us, be kind, compassionate and forgiving. Let us “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults.” [Ephesians 4: 2]
God bless you all and have a good week.