Sunday, February 15, 2009
FORGIVE THOSE CLOSE
After a relationship of any kind lasts for a period of time, there is usually much to forgive. We are, after all, human. We may not have meant to hurt husband, child, parent, sibling or friend . . . we just do. On the other hand, they probably didn’t mean to hurt us . . . they just did. Perhaps because of thoughtlessness or carelessness, usually unintentionally. But the fact remains, as the years fly by, if we are not careful, the grievances against those whom we love begin to stack up.
Just think of a large family gathering. This person is no longer speaking to that person. Another person is hurt and will not attend. Instead of a loving gathering, it becomes a hotbed of irritation and ill will.
In Scripture, we read that God will forgive us in the measure that we forgive others. How careful we must be to make forgiveness active in all of our relationships, past and present.
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Heavenly Father, please help me to be as gracious in as You are to forgive me. In Jesus name. Amen.