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Living and Forgiving

May 5, 2017, 2:41 PM

“...Now return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and relenting of evil.”  

Joel 2:13

Are you quick to show mercy and forgiveness?

When your children mess up, do you cut them a little slack?  When a coworker drops the ball, do you cover for them?  When a spouse, friend or anyone else for that matter says something hurtful, do you let it roll of your back. 

We can be so magnanimous over our efforts to show compassion and forgiveness, but our efforts will always pale in comparison to what an Almighty God demonstrates towards those that belong to Him.  

In the Old Testament the Israelites where always turning their backs on Him, marrying people they were told not to, worshipping false gods, and committing countless wicked acts in direct and deliberate violation of His commands.  Yet, while God did judge the people for their sins and allowed them to face the consequences of their actions, He remained ready to forgive them when any would turn back to Him.  

In both society and in the church we tend to judge people and write them off after what we perceive as an indiscretion is committed; particularly one against us personally.    We tend to respond with anger, hate, and bitterness towards others and then become incensed with anger if the tables are reversed.

It would do us well to remember that we all deserve destruction and Hell but yet  we were given Jesus and offered mercy, grace, and forgiveness by a loving God.  

We would do well to remember the forgiveness that God gives to us and live out our lives carrying out the example that He has shown and demonstrate forgiveness, love, compassion, and understanding to people who desperately need it.

We certainly did need it and thank God that He saw fit to give it. 

Won’t you find it in your heart to offer the same to someone today?