When you think of the characteristics of bravery, you might think of strength, perseverance, and resilience. Forgiveness probably isn’t something that comes to mind. Forgiving someone isn’t commonly considered an act of bravery. But maybe it should be. Forgiveness is often difficult. It requires me to be strong in the Lord, to persevere in obedience, and to be resilient in extending grace. Just as the Lord forgave me, I’m called to do the brave thing and forgive others. “If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent a scientist. But because our greatest need was and is forgiveness, God sent a Savior.” – Mary Southerland How grateful we can be that our Father in Heaven humbles us so that we can forgive. That He breaks the bondage of offense and offense in our hearts. That he is the perfect model of forgiveness and grace. Be brave and forgive. Forgive and be freed. Matthew 18: 21-22 21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Colossians 3:13 NIV 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Day Six - Brave to forgive
February 16, 2019