Forgiveness has this way of opening our hearts wide to the fullness of God.
I loved my devotional today. In the devo, the speaker talked about the verse where God says if we call someone “raca” or “fool” we are in danger of hell fire. That always seemed extreme in the Bible, and I never got it, not until today.
What God means by that is if we have contempt for anyone where we want to write them off from our lives then we are not loving like Christ loves and we have to evaluate our inner hearts to match our outer lives. We can’t have a heart that writes people off and deceive ourselves to think that we are carriers of His ultimate grace, love, and forgiveness. To truly love and forgive is a miracle, then, really, something beyond ourselves, born from God. We love and we forgive because He first loves us and forgives us.
I am thankful for devotionals that challenge me throughout the whole day. I have seen what reconciliation can do in families and relationships. Forgiveness is an amazing God-gift that will bring multitudes to the Ultimate Forgiver if we will practice love in action and learn to stay His course.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32