Words from the Heart for Friday August 17th, 2018
Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive one another, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done.
Ephesians 4:32 (NIRV)
Just As God Forgave You
Life together is best done God’s way. What the Lord has graciously done for us allows us to pass along forgiveness to others. We needed the Lord’s forgiveness. Sometimes we are slow to forgive others. No one can earn forgiveness. It is a gift we’ve received and a gift we give to one another. This is a life-style that brings glory to the Lord.
A Canadian man has been “pardoned” by a luxury hotel after his room was ransacked by a flock of pepperoni-loving seagulls nearly two decades ago. Nick Burchill was banned by the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, British Columbia, after “a string of unfortunate events” in 2001. He decided to cool a pizza on a ledge outside his hotel room window. When he got back from a walk, his room was filled with 40 seagulls, who went berserk when Burchill returned to his room.
Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts we can offer ourselves and others. It sets us free from guilt and shame and restores relationships. If there is anyone who ought to understand this, it is the follower of Jesus. Jesus paid a steep price so that we might be set free from the sin that destroyed our relationship with Him, and with others. We know firsthand the joy that comes from being forgiven by God. Paul the apostle certainly experienced God’s forgiveness – and he shares it a number of times in the book of Acts and in his epistles. Because we have experienced God’s forgiveness, Paul says this in Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive one another, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done.” Too often religious people are guilty of attacking those with whom they disagree or who have harmed them in some way. This is a natural response, but it stands in opposition to the principle of the Kingdom of Heaven. As we have experienced God’s forgiveness, we are called to forgive. As we have experienced Jesus’ kindness and tenderness, we are called to share it. How can you do that today?
These have been words from the heart.