There’s this verse we’ve learned as a family:
Love forgets mistakes, nagging about them parts the best of friends. – Proverbs 17:9 (TLB)
Our context of learning this Proverb is around tattling – ’cause goodness gracious we have enough of that around here to make one CRAZY!
But really, this concept applies to so much more.
Love forgets mistakes.
Bitterness says hold a grudge.
Love doesn’t nag.
Insecurity says keep bringing it up ’til you’re blue in the face.
Love turns the other cheek.
Hatred fights back.
Love looks for ways to delight.
Evil always destroys.
Love says you’re redeemed.
Anger says you’re abandoned.
It’s easy for me to hang on to the wrongs that have been done to me, but so easy to forget those times I’ve been the one that was the wrongdoer.
Grace works both ways.
We need it desperately.
And we have to give it, oh so desperately.
That’s what Jesus did.
Whatever mistakes have been made in your life – I challenge you tonight to let them go. There is freedom in laying down the hatred, anger and bitterness at the feet of Jesus. He is faithful to take them off our shoulders and replace with His love – full of compassion, grace and mercy.
I’m living proof of this struggle. It’s a battle I face so often – to let go and move on. I guess that’s why God has me using this with my kids – to remember that I need to be taught lessons in grace as well.
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