I want to see people with your eyes. I want to love with your heart. I want to forgive like I have been forgiven.
I long to be in your house. Exceedingly I beg for the salvation of the lost. Wait! Please wait to return until they are ready. Until they see the need for your love.
Lord, I know I am not alone in this desire. You have a remnant of people who love you and want to be used by you. We, God’s people, will suffer here on earth if it means the salvation of your creation.
Walk along side us in our suffering.
Thank you Father for loving us.
John 3:16-17 NIV
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
I know we have all heard that we must forgive. After all it’s what the bible says to do.
Will I forgive others when they hurt me or those I love?
In those moments when I must decide I find myself thinking, “They started it!” “They hurt me!” “They don’t deserve it!” “It won’t do any good.” Maybe even.. they don’t want to be forgiven because they are not sorry.
In my head and heart I claim that I am right, I am justified, I am NOT going to do it…
Within me and my angry heart I know that those thoughts are telling. They tell the tale of my pride…my anger…my stubbornness.
Do I want to hold on to pride and anger? Do I want to be stubborn? Of course not!
I am honest enough to say that I am not so benevolent as to forgive just to let them off the hook. My act of forgiveness may never mean anything to those who hurt me anyway.
Because I believe forgiveness is a choice it means I have a choice. One that I can make for myself.
Even if I don’t want to forgive the hurtful things done to me or said to me it is still a choice. One that comes at a cost, it does… but even in my darkest moments it’s a price I am willing to pay to rid my heart of bitterness and to find peace for my soul.
Peace that Jesus gives. Peace that can be mine if I count the costs and decide. Decide that it IS worth it. Forgiveness always is.