Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. – (Proverbs 17:9, NLT)
Forgive someone, and you will strengthen your friendship. Keep reminding them, and you will destroy it. – (Proverbs 17:9, ERV)
Those who forgive faults foster love, but those who repeatedly recall them ruin relationships. – (Proverbs 17:9, VOICE)
Our world desperately is in need of the forgiveness of faults to move forward in the freedom that is found in love. Far too often fingers are pointed without taking an honest look in the mirror. We all fall short and make missteps, and at times our errors end up hurting someone near us. If we are walking in love as God calls us to love, we must choose to forgive and move forward. The more we give grace, the greater our friendships grow. Freedom to be human is a tremendous burden lifted, and as we are able to be transparent with those near to us, we are strengthened in our faith and better bonded as dear friends. May we ever choose to be the ones who forgive faults and foster love, just as Jesus has done for us.
As we choose forgive,
The love we have grows;
Friendships are strengthened,
As grace is made known.
Those who dwell on faults,
End up in great loss;
Friendships are ruined,
Far too great the cost.
So let us choose love,
Forgive and give grace;
Build our bonds closer,
Throughout all our days.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You care about our every interaction and relationship so much, that You give us guidance as to how to navigate best. Thank You that as we forgive, just as You have forgiven us, You bless us with stronger bonds in the relationships You have granted. Forgive us for dwelling on faults rather than forgiving. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would forgive as we have been forgiven by You. Show us how to love and give grace to those around us, ever strengthening the bonds of friendship that You are building among us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we choose to love and forgive as we are loved and forgiven by You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. – 1 Peter 2:19