FRIDAY, MAY 10
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)
THE WHY OF FORGIVENESS
Pastor Glenn Schaeffer in Christian Reader shared, “During a children’s sermon one Sunday morning, I held up an ugly-looking summer shirt that I wore occasionally around the house. I explained to the children that someone said the shirt was ugly and should be thrown away. ‘This really hurt me,’ I explained. ‘I’m having trouble forgiving the person who said those mean things. Do you think I should forgive that person?’ I asked the children. Immediately, my six-year-old daughter, Alicia, raised her hand. ‘Yes, you should,’ she said without hesitation. ‘But why? The person hurt my feelings,’ I responded. To which Alicia wisely answered, ‘Because you’re married to her.’”
Glenn asked a great question that we’ve all asked. “Why should I forgive?” This is especially difficult when the offense is great and the offender is unrepentant. All week we have studied 2 Samuel 16 and watched David’s response to the attacks of Shemei. David was able to exercise restraint and not retaliate because of God’s work of grace in His own life.
This past Sunday pastor Mike gave us three reasons we should forgive: 1) I’m going to need forgiveness in the future. 2) I’m never going to stop hurting until I learn to forgive. 3) Because God’s already forgiven me. Which of these three reasons speaks the most to you? Who is the person that you struggle the most to forgive? Ask God to help you show them the same unconditional forgiveness and mercy that God has shown you.