Thursday, October 15, 2009

Broken Relationships

Nothing that some forgiveness can't fix.

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32).

Freely handing out forgiveness is a strange concept for human beings, we all want to receive forgiveness, but don't ask me to be selfless and let somebody off the hook.

God gave us forgiveness so that we could have a relationship with him, our response to God's generosity should be to bring glory to God by displaying his goodness for everyone to see, and when we forgive we show people that we are truly thankful for God's kindness.

It is impossible to risk your life to make others glad in God if you are an unforgiving person. If you are wired to see other people's faults and failures and offenses, and treat them roughly, you will not take risks for their joy.
– John Piper

The question is do we lean toward mercy? Do we default to grace? Do we have a forgiving spirit?

Seeing and delighting in him is the goal of forgiveness. We could not delight in God if we didn't get to experience forgiveness, the whole point of forgiveness is so that our broken relationship with our creator could be restored. Our motivation for being forgiving people is the joy we have in a forgiving God.

So you don't want to forgive? What an awkward situation. How can we despise becoming what we enjoy most about God?

I must be willing to become more like God by practicing forgiveness.

Thank you for healing broken relationships. Help us Lord to bring people to you by offering to them the same gift that you gave to us.