The other day I was really frustrated about something going on with someone, and I said ” God I can’t do this anymore, how do I continue to love them, how do I keep forgiving them when they keep doing the same thing over and over again to me?”
Then there was a still small voice, “Kendra isn’t this what I have done for you? Didn’t I love you and die for you while you were yet still a sinner?” (Romans 5:8)
Wow that was a good reminder and a hard one. It got me thinking, you have accepted, and want God’s love and forgiveness for you, yet you aren’t willing to love and forgive someone who did something so small to you? This whole thing was very convicting to me and really made me start thinking of God’s love and forgiveness for us. How amazing it really is, and how for granted we take it. While we were still sinners Christ died for us. How many of you would be willing to die for someone, especially one who had done horrible things to you? This is what Christ did for us! It just blows my mind when I really think about what He has done for me. When I really understand the love of God, and what He has done for me, I can’t help but to love other people and to forgive them. How could I not when I realize what has been done for me by God. It makes me think of 1 John 4:7-8
1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
If I can’t love other people, or refuse to love them and forgive them then I can’t truly love God. These are just thoughts I had the other day, when God so graciously reminded me of his great love for me, and how He had done the exact thing for me that I didn’t want to do.