In Life with Lynnie's (LwL) entry yesterday, I wrote about Christian love. And, how some people don't seem to have it.
To me, the main reason for this may be because they either aren't truly saved and have a true Christian heart. Or, if they are saved, they have not been obedient to God.
What am I referring to? Forgiveness.
How grateful I am that God taught me that I need to forgive.
Long ago, I learned this. And, took steps to be obedient to Him, by forgiving others.
It hasn't made a difference in anyone's life, but mine. Still, it makes a difference to God.
If you know me in real life, or even if you have read the book I wrote Love Never Fails You... you'll know that I have experienced many trials in life. Actually, I've had more trials than I've ever written about, so please realize that I have suffered much, in life.
Along with trials in life, usually come circumstances where forgiveness is needed.
Think about it. Have you ever gone through a problem in your life, where there wasn't something or someone who needed to be forgiven?
It may be something you did. Or, it may be something someone else did.
The fact remains that there is always something that needs to be forgiven.
We must be obedient to God. Some people think that because we live under grace, that we don't need to do so, but it is a fact that we do.
Unfortunately, there are false teachers/preachers out there who teach that obedience is not necessary. But, it is. And, they are in essence, leading people astray.
We need to have mercy upon others. And, forgive them.
Just as Jesus did with us.
And, just as God's Word tells us in Colossians 3:12-13, "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."
Please don't think I am saying that I am a perfect person. I'm not.
There are times when I feel like I would like to scream at the top of my lungs, when I've been hurt by someone.
But, after taking a deep breath, and calming myself down, I am then able to draw on God's Word. With verses and/or subjects that God has addressed, that pertain to how He wants us to live.
Thank You Lord, that in the past You've blessed me with wonderful teaching and preaching. I will be forever grateful for this!
After all, if I hadn't learned that God not only wants us to forgive, but commands us to do so, I too would be faltering in life, to this regard.
If you are not in the habit of reading the Bible, I would suggest you do so.
This way, you won't take my word for it. You'll read it for yourself.
And, may God bless you for doing so!
Until next time...
If you would like to comment, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org