February 9 – Debits and Credits

 

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I can tend to compare life events to “debits” and “credits.” And that’s fine on the credit side of things. But when I run into a debit, it can really mess me up. As a Christ-follower, I am instructed to forgive.

In a sense, this means to “erase the debt” of kindness or respect owed to me. I confess, this requires my utmost attention and most sincere effort. So often I’ve found myself with a stack of “UOMe’s” against people (including my family) who’ve hurt me, even though I’m very much aware of our Master’s command (Matthew 6:15 says that He can’t forgive us if we don’t forgive others).

So what do you do? Since the Christian life can also be defined as a walk of faith, I think we have to forgive by faith, too. I must have faith in the One Who saved ME and forgave ME to help me cast the wrongs done to me into the “sea of forgetfulness.”

So I daily lay these burdens at His feet and cry for mercy for the times I’ve wronged others, even unknowingly. Know that hurts and offenses are real. But they will also suck all the life out of you if you let them fester.

Forgiveness is the only “surgery” that works on those wrongs done to you. Give them to the One Who loves you most and zero out all the “UOMe” accounts forever.

 (Love) does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered… 1 Corinthians 13:5 NAS

Biblical Meditation: Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

 

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