Forgiven to be Forgiving
Do you ever have regrets for certain moments in your life? There may be moments where you have been hurt, feeling the urge to seek justice, revenge. There may be moments where you have been the one to make a mistake, to hurt someone close to you, to say something that you should've kept to yourself. We've all taken steps in the wrong direction, losing faith in our friends and family, and finding it difficult to be trusting. The greatest judge of character is how we act towards those who habe hurt us, or how we react upon hurting someone close to us. It goes back to moral conscience, your intention, the circumstance, and how you work to restore peace and love in relationship. God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to help us be free from sin, to give us the opportunity to change, and fight the evil that can be so tempting to turn to when we're hurt. Do you show others that you love them, even when they hurt you?
Today's Reading states:'This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin; but if any one does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the expiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world' (1 John 1:5--2:2).
Today's reading talks about how each of us are sinners, and have the chance to seek redemption. We all struggle to be perfect, to love continuously. I'd actually argue that some react in envy and jealousy because they love so much. However, this is not the way that God wants us to be, not how we represent a loving communion of faith. It may be hard, but God never gives us more than we can handle. One of the steps towards finding forgiveness for our own sins is first showing the same love and compassion for those who have hurt us. Take some time to pray ans ask God to help you mend relationships in need of forgiveness.
Today we pray:
Thank You for creating me to love and be loved. Help me to mend relationships that need healing in my life, and show the same forgiveness, compassion and love to others, as You have done for me.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.