Forgiveness, Kindness , Understanding , Love .
How often do we use those words without necessarily thinking they mean more than they actually do?
How often do we ask for those from people we care about? When we sin against God, we want forgiveness don’t we? When we need some favor, we want to be met with kindness from the person we need it from.
When we don’t meet expectations, we will love to be understood and to experience the restfulness that being met with understanding gives us, right? And of course, who doesn’t need to be loved?
The need to be forgiven, understood and loved is basic to every human being and this need reflects in our everyday relationships.
The good news is that all these things have been freely given to us by God and it is to be enjoyed as the benefit of what Christ has done on our behalf. However, if indeed we enjoy all these from God freely, why is it so difficult to grant it to someone else?
Why do we debate so hard in our hearts whether to forgive a wrong done to us by someone else? How grievous could the offence be that we cannot let go?
Why is it so hard to be kind to another human being that Christ has died for? Just the way he died for us. Why is it so hard to say a kind word, to offer a helping hand, to smile and encourage, patting on the shoulder and giving a hug to someone who needs some comfort?
Why is it so difficult to see life from someone else’ perspective for a change? To understand another’s pain, another’s dilemma, another’s confusion. Have we been in pain before? Yes. Have we been confused before? Yes. Have we made bad calls and done things we shouldn’t do before? Oh yes!
So why is it suddenly so hard to empathize with someone else?
Ephesians 2: 4 -9 (NLT)
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.