Monday, April 14
Posted: Monday, April 14
One Year Bible Reading Guide:
Verse of the day:
Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive. (Luke 17:4)
One of the greatest joys of life is people, and one of the biggest annoyances and hardships of life is also people. Jesus obviously loves the church, his bride, and wants us to be healthy mature Christians that get along! But it's inevitable that people are going to hurt and offend us, so Jesus quickly covers the process of dealing with this in Luke 17.
He says the 1st step in dealing with a legitimate hurt caused by another is to bring it right up to the offender. Not bottle it in, not run off and tell someone else about how much that person hurt us, but to bring up the issue right to the offender, face to face.
Then he continues with step 2, "if they repent". In relationships, full restoration demands two parties: one to acknowledge the wrong and change the behavior, the other to forgive and provide restoration. In the event that the offender is unable or unwilling to repent, we must be quick to forgive them in our hearts. Jesus set this example on the cross to those murdering him when he prayed in Luke 23:34, "Forgive them Father for they don't know what they're doing."
The final step, and the most important, is to forgive. Jesus goes on to say that even if they do it over and over and over, we still need to forgive them for every single hurt. The Bible also says that as Christians, we're expected to live lives producing the Fruit of the Spirit, which includes forbearance, or long suffering. That means we shouldn't be offended by every little thing, but patient with others and understanding. Today, remember that bitterness keeps us burdened and shackled, but forgiveness breathes life and restoration. Become a person that's long suffering, healthily deals with issues right away, and is quick to forgive. We are all God's children!
Pastor Joshua Humpa // Special Events Pastor