May 18, 2022
Sometimes We Love To Be Hateful
Mark 11:25-26 (KJV) And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
Isn’t it sad that sometimes a person hates to forgive? Hate comes naturally. However, genuine love only radiates in us through the power and presence of God at work in our life. Forgiveness towards us hinges on our ability to extend forgiveness towards others. If we are stingy with compassion to others, this scripture tells us that God uses a sparing measure towards just us as our empathy extends towards others.
But, loving others enough to forgive them is desiring the best for others even if they have hurt us and wounded us in some way. Of course, offering mercy to another is often easier said than done, for animosity comes naturally, and love comes with a steep price. But, forgiveness is the best route for the other person and us, and it pleases God. Moreover, it is freeing to release another from accountability for inflicting wounds by choosing to look at them through the lens of God, who in turn looks at us with love rather than wrath.
All a person has to do is consider the eternal and unmerited love of God, who forgives each sincere-hearted person for every unrighteous deed. Indeed, God loved every person before they were lovable. So the least we can do is practice this same love towards other people, loveable or not.