Being Kind is One thing, But Forgiveness….
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 ESV)
While attending my wife’s uncle funeral; repeatedly I kept hearing the same characteristics throughout each testimony about his life. Kind or caring! This was evident even when I met him in his later days. He was a testimony of God’s miraculous handy work.
I believe whole heartily that the Word of God has practical truth regarding all manner of life. To be kind is one of the by products from having an intimate relationship with our Savior. Being kind can heal, mend relationships, make somebody’s day etc…
But how about the second part of this verse. Even with all the awesome testimonies, someone thought they were obligated to say something negative. There was one, yes one. At funerals, with all the emotions flying, most of us have that one person who will act out. This person’s testimony breathed an unforgiven heart.
If we are honest, the forgiveness process is a lot easier when it involves light afflictions or dealing with people who have sought out forgiveness. And it is tolerable when you actually like the person. However, there are some evil that have been done to us that we need the Holy Spirit in us, to intercede for us, to extend pass our natural limitation or our forgiveness threshold.
Forgiveness is the Christian’s reasonable service, which we have no freedom to neglect. Forgiveness brings true peace and joy that bonds us with gospel in us. Jesus paid it all, and He gave us the space and grace to live, we should extend the same to others. Ask yourself; is there someone that you need to ask for forgiveness or forgive a trespass against yourself? – Chaplain Juan Mendez serves at the Colony of Mercy as a Chaplain. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: The gospel is not speculation but fact. It is truth, because it is the record of a person who is the Truth. Alexander MacLaren
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Be gracious to me, O God, for my soul takes