So we get mad at people and refuse to forgive them when they do us wrong OVER and OVER again. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. We tell people the things they do hurt or frustrate us; and then we get furious when they CONTINUE to do it after we have already told them how we feel about it. Some nerve we have though, because we do God wrong and sin against Him DAILY; and what does He do? He extends His MERCY and indeed FORGIVES us. Psalm 145:8-9 (New King James Version) tells us, “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.”
However, doesn’t God tell us over and over throughout His Word what offends Him? Doesn’t He encourage us to walk in the way of righteousness and clearly tells us the difference between right and wrong? Yet and still, we sin against Him and He continues to be all so merciful toward us. Now let me remind you that we should imitate God in ALL our ways-the way God treats us is the way we should treat others.
Now I’m not saying that people aren’t wrong in what they do, because sometimes people can do us harm and even be INTENTIONAL about it. Nor am I saying that we have to let people walk over or abuse us. However, what I am saying is that sometimes I believe we could be a little more merciful and patient with others just as God is toward us. And even in those times when we have to separate ourselves from those who hurt or offend us, we can still LOVE them just as God still loves us.
Yeah, this is a lot; and it requires a little MATURITY to actually apply it. But just take a moment…. THINK ABOUT IT!
-To God be the Glory
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.