Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Not Done Being Mad

Once we were traveling down the road and I was discussing how mad I was at someone.  Actually, I was fuming and ranting.

When I stopped to take a breath, Glen said, "You know you have to forgive that person."

My reply bespoke as much of my stubbornness as it did my temper, "I know, but I'm not done being mad at her yet!"

Thank goodness our Lord does not have that same inclination to harbor grievances toward us.  In fact, quite the opposite is true for the Scriptures tell is that "He delighteth in mercy."  Our Heavenly Father is not only willing to forgive, He is quick to do so, and He impress us to be the same.

"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."  (Ephesians 4:32)

So the next time I want to hang onto my anger, as my Greek/Irish temperament may want me to, I pray I will remember that I have been forgiven so much that I should choose to quickly and really forgive others.  What a sweet testimony this will be to them, and to others of Christ forgiveness of us.

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