Love Leads With Forgiveness – Beloved Women – May 27, 2020
READ: 'And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." And they cast lots to divide his garments.' (Luke 23:34 ESV)
TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT: From what I could see, the situation didn’t seem fair. The longer I stewed over the details, the more animosity and frustration grew. Deep down, I knew I needed to forgive, but self-preservation and the fear of being taken advantage of were resisting the right thing to do. “Help me, Jesus,” I cried.
Just the name of Jesus reminds us of all the right things to do.
When Jesus was hurt or taken advantage of, He led with forgiveness. Even in his death, Jesus put forgiveness first.
The flesh has a tendency to lead relationships with our eyes and emotions, but the love of our Savior leads His relationships with forgiveness. Jesus trusted God for the deeper spiritual work in the offender and the offended. He didn’t need to control or coerce people with explanations. Jesus let his love lead with forgiveness and let God be God.
If we say we believe Jesus’ way of life is the only way to live, but yet we cannot find forgiveness for the relationships that have wronged us, do we really believe His way is the best way?
To love like Jesus, we must begin at the cross of our rights and forgiveness.
PRAY: Father God, when we think about how great Your love is for us, we think about how much You have forgiven us. Jesus, when we think about how deep and wide and vast Your love is for us, we see the cross and Your sacrifice on the cross to cover our sins in forgiveness. Help us, God, to love like You do and lead our relationships with forgiveness because we believe Your way is the only way to love. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
REFLECT: Where do you need to stretch to forgive someone who has hurt you? How quickly does it take you to forgive a relationship that has offended you? What would life look like if you led with forgiveness instead of the flesh?
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