Word 4U Today

PARDON TRUE

PARDON TRUE

It’s fair (and right) to feel hurt.

However, the forgiveness thing still needs to happen.

Look back at yesterday’s reading: Jesus stepped in to fix things between us and God, which hurt Him. It hurt Him in the shape of metal nails, whip lashes, spears, and a bunch of thorns.

And it came with its own soundtrack of the careless laughter of His enemies alongside the heartbroken cries of those closest to Him.

But He embraced the experience, full of forgiveness. Jesus shows that there is a healthy way to get over hurt.

That forgiveness is not about staying the victim, but about taking control by letting go of both the offense and the desire to avenge oneself.

He did it so that we could be let off for all of the ridiculous things we still do.

Wow. Think about it. It’s inspiration enough to forgive the people who’ve acted really terribly towards you. It doesn’t practically make it much easier to do, we know (and sometimes there are needs for other steps first – like letting people know that you’ve been hurt, and that it had been kept a secret). But it provides the reason to forgive them too.

The whole, beautiful plan of the Cross is to show us that God forgives us through the death of Jesus, and remembering and receiving this forgiveness gives us God’s power to forgive others for all the bad stuff they did to us.

WHAT NOW?

Read Matthew 6:9-14 quietly, in your head. Then, read those verses again, out loud. Finally, read verse 12 out loud one last time, and write “M 6:12” on your hand or arm to remind you of what you’ve (hopefully) taken away from it.

Verse of the Day:

 ‘…The Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.’ Colossians 3:13 NLT

Joy Ferdiz

March 18th, 2014

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