Mid-Week Motivator: Love is…Part VIII


“I should’ve been a cowboy.”

I don’t know what country song that line belongs to but it speaks to me on a spiritual level. I’ve long wondered what it would have been like to live on a ranch. As I drive through the countryside this week, that thought becomes prevalent.

Maybe in another life.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any inspiring t-shirt quotes today but I do have clarification on a previous one! Last night I posted a quote that said…

“Hunt with your kids or else you’ll hunt your kids.”

My main man, Ian, clarified what this meant last night and it hit me like the Holy Spirit hits a pentecostal. It means that if you don’t hunt as a means for stress relief, you’ll end up taking out the stress on your children. Still terrible, I know, but it makes a world of sense now!

Moving on.

I genuinely hope you all are having a great week and are ready to dive into the next section of our “Love is…” series. It’s been a real joy diving into this part of the Bible and I hope you’ve gained something out of it.

Last week was tough. We reached the part in I Corinthians 13 that said true love is not easily provoked, or angry. For someone who has dealt heavily with anger in the past, this was hard to wrap my mind around and really dig deeply into. Thankfully, the Lord is getting through my thick skull. You can find that post here.

This week is a continuation of that thought and I can guarantee you that it doesn’t get any easier. In fact, I would say that it’s the next step in letting go of our anger.

Forgiveness

“Love is patient, love is kind.
Love does not envy,
is not boastful, is not conceited,
does not act improperly,
is not selfish, is not provoked,
and does not keep a record of wrongs.” I Corinthians 13: 4-5

“Does not keep a record of wrongs” simply means “does not hold grudges.” It’s the elaborate way of saying that true love forgives and it does so quickly.

Jesus is the epitome of true love and He showed us how to do this flawlessly. He still does! Jesus, the perfect Son of God, came to this Earth, lived a perfect life, and then was murdered on a cross for our sins. His entire life was built around rejection. He came and loved us so much that He willingly bore the sin of the world on His shoulders. He paid the price through death and then rose again three days later.

I say He’s the epitome of forgiveness because that is exactly what He does for every single one of us on a daily, almost minute by minute basis. He is constantly willing and ready to forgive us when we turn from our sin.

Knowing this, we have been called to be like Christ. Therefore, we must be willing to forgive quickly as Jesus does. He who has been forgiven much forgives. How can we truly say we understand forgiveness when we don’t forgive others? God forgives us so we should be able to forgive others.

I understand that every single one of us has been wronged. It’s an incredible shame because no one wants to feel that or experience it. However, it happens. On the flip side, how many times have you been the aggressor? How many times have you sought forgiveness and desired to have it? The irony is that many times we are on both sides of the coin struggling and striving for balance.

I fully believe that forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling. As love is, forgiveness is an action. We won’t always feel like forgiving someone when they wrong us but it is certainly the right thing to do. Forgiveness sets us free from the jail cell of our pain. It gives us the freedom to live unshackled by our past and it also opens the door for God to willingly forgive us as well.

I know that it isn’t easy. You’re reading this from someone who is a habitual “grudge-holder” but the Lord is steadily working in my life. Anger simply isn’t worth it. I hope and pray that the Lord speaks to your heart today and gives you the grace to forgive.

Rest well, my friends. You are loved.

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