As humans, we get irritated and call it quits when life gets tough. Or people disappoint. Or people get annoying. Nope. Uh-uh. No way, dude. That’s our reply when we are “hashtag done”.
We just don’t have the patience to deal with things that aren’t working. Things that are broken. Things that are wrong. Soooo…. We walk away and never look back. We justify our exit. We play God with relationships. We can determine the outcome because we “know best”.
We can make snap judgments without a second thought, but, when this is done to us, we cry and argue and barter for justice and “one more chance”. We nurse grievances and hurts, sorrows and pain. We harbor resentment. We justify our actions. We are not loyal creatures by nature, based on our actions.
We are not God. If we were, we would extend grace and forgiveness. How many times a day are we forgiven for our actions and thoughts? That’s something that hurts to process, but it is the truth. We may pride ourselves on “being a good person”, but our actions often do not match our belief.
What if you were only extended the amount of grace and forgiveness you gave to others? What if you were only able to reap what you sowed? Measured the amount you measured to others? Guess what?
God gave his only Son for us. He gives us grace and forgiveness, and blessing after blessing. I’m not sure why it never seems to be enough. We have to be willing to forgive others as we have been forgiven. We need to stand by our friends and families with an unmatched fierceness. We have to fight against the forces wishing to tear us apart.
The next time you are angered, take a deep breath and count to ten. Say a prayer and offer unrivaled forgiveness and grace. Pray for your friend/relative. Pray for a softer heart. Pray that they will accept your grace.
Being faithful means knowing that He is near, that He will come, that He will forgive. We must offer these same gifts to others without strings attached. This is the love that He has given us. The love and forgiveness we could never earn, but fully inherit. He does not walk away. He is always near. We are never too far from His reach.
Luke 6:8 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV)
Matthew 7:2 “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV)