We are all called to something. Matthew 22: 14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Many times we are so excited and work so hard to find our calling our purpose not just for life but for this particular season. It got me thinking, what if today you are called to love to forgive.
And not just love but love with no conditions. “Above everything, love one another earnestly, because love covers over many sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
It seems so simple right love people. Let me challenge you a bit, what if you are being called to love the one that wronged you. Or the one that is so mean to everyone at work for no reason. Or yes even the person who just cut you off in traffic and made a definitely unearned gesture in the mirror. How can we do this? Truly love especially when that person has stolen your trust, or abandoned you.
Is there someone in your sphere of life that you are feeling called to love but it seems down right impossible. Your struggling with not crying or seeing red just at the mention of their name. Well my friends I have been there and I just want to share with you how this IS actually possible.
There was once a time that I was walking around with so much bitterness and hatred in my heart that I could not even function right. I was living in offense . Because this person did this to me I was now seeing through the lens of hurt. God was telling me to forgive, but that seemed seriously out of reach. I wanted apologizes, sympathy, any sign of remorse. I was joking my self pretending that those things would actually take the pain away. Make thing right.
The truth is they don’t. If God is calling you to forgive so that you can than love trust me friend this is for YOUR benefit not the other person. After many months maybe even years of holding on to those very real feelings that seem to paralyze you I was making a hill into a mountain. Deal with it now so you do not have to do heart surgery later. REALLY surrender to God. Not a pretty little I want to forgive prayer. But a real ugly raw prayer.
God I need you. I cast these weights at your feet. The hate that is making my heart cold, the pain that seems to always blind me. I want to forgive so I can walk away from this weight. Cry out to Him. He truly wants you to experience healing.
We are called to love and forgive. Why you might be thinking it is soo hard?! Because Jesus does this for us every single day. All the times we walked away from Him. All the times we missed the mark. Each time we knew right but choose wrong. He loves us and forgives us no matter what we do! He gave His life for you and me. Doesn’t someone else deserve the same love and forgiveness.
Think about it. Pray about it. I can think of a person or two I can love better or work on forgiveness for. Be the change you want to see. Love you! Reach out or prayer or comments!