This morning Cautious and I had an interesting conversation about forgiveness and a kid who is often unkind at school. Five of his six classes are shared with this young man, and daily, his heart is challenged to forgive. Cautious is a serious rule follower, and he is very disturbed by the number of disruptions caused each day by this boy’s behavior. We spoke of my favorite strategy, to pray for those who persecute (or perturb), and ask to see one another through God’s eyes. Soon, his sweet demeanor returned, as he realized that he too, has been forgiven much, and is blessed with love and support that surrounds him.
We cannot do anything to be more deserving of God’s grace than another. It is not earned by being good enough. However, when we recognize just how great the gift truly is, we cannot help but be compelled to give as we have been given. The magnitude of God’s mercy extended to all who believe, is beyond what one heart can hold. Not only does He withhold the punishment that is due – death; but He gives far beyond what we could ever hope for on our own, as He took our place on the cross so that we could spend eternity with Him.
“Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.” – (Romans 4:7-8)
Mercy withholds His judgment net.
Love extends His kindnesses still.
Faithfulness with hope He will fill.
Peace because His mercy shall reign.
Praise to Him who removes our stains.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that though we do not deserve it, You forgive us and love us as we are. Thank You that when we ask, You remove our sin and shame, and no longer count it against us. Lord, we need Your grace and strength to do the same to others, as on our own, we fail miserably. We know that we must forgive as we are forgiven. Please forgive us for any unforgiveness we are holding, or any bitterness that may linger. Cleanse us from our unrighteousness, and help us to see others through Your eyes, so that we may extend Your love, grace and mercy to all. May many come to know You, as they see You in our ability to forgive and extend the very same grace that has been given to us. Be glorified as we offer all that we are, unto You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.