4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
There is a very popular song by the singer Beyonce called ‘Irreplaceable’. The song speaks of giving payback for a cheating. In the song the spouse is thrown out and all the possessions he enjoyed during the relationship taken for his indiscretions. We can learn from the lyrics that there wasn’t a discussion or an attempt to resolve the issue. Without a proper explanation the spouse was rejected from the home. Every protests or threats made by him was countered with a promise to have his replacement come over in a minute.
We would feel that this is the ultimate payback. The best answer to a very bad situation. Especially when there is betrayal, cheating or abuse. Yet The Lord Jesus asks us to do something different. As His children we must show mercy so that we may receive mercy. Now I am not advocating that we simply remain in an abusive relationship. One must seek the Lord in prayer and receive godly counsel to determine what is the best answer to your circumstance. Just do not be hasty to in making a decision.
We must realise that love means choosing to forgive even when we are right. Love not only requires that we do not keep a record of the wrong that has been done to us. We are to be agents of God’s mercy. Just as He freely shows us mercy every day, so must we in turn show mercy to others.
Our Lord Jesus is merciful and pardons our sins daily. As His children we are to be an expression of His grace and mercy. Mercy is a pardon for our wrongs that is not deserved. An example of mercy is a police man deciding not to give you a ticket for violating a traffic rule. The correct response to a wrong is always to administer justice. He should write a ticket or exact the correct punishment but he may choose to do otherwise. Our God is a just God. He always renders the appropriate justice for a wrong but He prefers to show mercy far more often than execute judgement. This is why He sent our Lord Jesus to die for our sins. So that we may receive pardon. Forgiveness of our sins. Something that we do not deserve. It is the pureness of His love that lead Him to create an opportunity for us to be redeemed.
Since we have received pardon. Let us pardon and forget.
There is another popular song with these lines
Mercy said no
I’m not going to let you go
I’m not going to let you slip away
You don’t have to be afraid
Mercy said no
Sin will never take control
Life and death stood face to face
Darkness tried to steal my heart away
Thank You Jesus, Mercy said no
That is the cry of the Father. He made a decision to forgive the unforgivable. Let us do likewise. Please be mindful of the impact your stance has on others. For the salvation and impact of others. Let please make a very conscious decision to not keep a record of the wrongs that have occurred in the past. Deal with the moment as it currently stands but please do not bring up the things of the past. Let the past be passed. Choose forgiveness. It will make your travel together much lighter.
Additional Scriptures for Meditation
For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:3)
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (Matthew 5:7)
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, accommodating, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere. (James 3:17)
that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s trespasses against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:19)
Heavenly Father I come to you in the name of Jesus. I thank you for your love and mercy towards me. Father teach me to be an expression of your love. Where I have been wronged today I chose to do as you have done for me. I am deserving of your penalty for my sins but you chose to forgive me. You have forgiven and forgotten my sins. For that I thank you. I bless your name.
Lord Jesus, today I make a conscious choice to forgive my brother and my sister for the wrongs they have done to me. I will not no longer consider the things that were done in the past. As you have forgiven me I forgive.
Lord I release all I have carried in my heart. Please cleanse my heart of all bitterness, offense and hurt. Please fill it with your love. Let me see the people through your eyes.
Thank you Abba Father.
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