Forgiveness and Grace Beyond Reason

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on Love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-15

The core of Jesus’ teaching in all its simplicity is the natural ability for God’s forgiveness to flow through our willingness to forgive. Jesus in all his humanness knew first hand through experience the hard stuff, the emotional roadblocks we face daily in life’s circumstances. Jesus struggled with frustration and temptations too. No wonder we struggle with spiritual difficulties as we journey along. We are a fallen people but through Christ we are forgiven and it is only His Divine nature, His Grace working through us, which can forgive.

The idea that I don’t immediately have to pass through to a guilt and resentment free spiritual zone when it comes to forgiveness, allows me to take the first tentative steps I need to take. Something becomes better than nothing if that something is authentic. The best that could happen may come around full circle later on. To ask, to want to shape up and be all God intends for me to be, can become possible. Nobody’s perfect, except God.  It’s not necessary to be perfect to forgive and be forgiven. We’ve talked about heart hopes during worship. Maybe the secret to all this lies in the unseen designs of the heart.

“Grace…invites us into life---a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.” Romans 5:21

Abba Father,
For the well of Forgiveness and Grace that we all dip into daily, we are so grateful. Write the desire on our hearts to pass this wondrous gift on to others. The world, all creation Father, cries out for your forgiving, healing touch. May we see your kingdom as you see it here and now. Amen

Lois

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