Recently, my church was broken into and a couple of items were taken. I know you are wondering, as I was, how anyone could steal something from someone, let alone a church, right? I don’t have the answer to that and I’m not going to try to answer it, either. But, I do know my fellow church members and I were given a golden opportunity.
To love like Jesus loves.
At some point in our lives before we accepted Christ as our savior and received eternal salvation, we, too, were sinners. Sinners in need of grace and forgiveness. We were dirty. We were stained. Our hearts were black.
But, then we found Jesus and he offered us His mercy and His forgiveness. Jesus loved us so much that He willingly gave up His life for our sins. He took our place on the cross and suffered the punishment we should have rightly received. And then, He forgave us of our sins and remembered them no more.
Yes, it’s upsetting to know that someone sinned against us and God—we are only human, after all. But, we are called to be like Jesus. And that means extending mercy, grace, and forgiveness to everyone. Even those that did us wrong.
When we offer mercy, grace, and forgiveness to someone who has done us wrong, we are showing others the mercy and forgiveness God has shown to us. Sometimes it does not take a powerful sermon to touch a sinner’s heart. Sometimes, a simple and meaningful I forgive you, even when no apology has been given, is enough to open a door for Jesus to walk into someone’s heart and change it forever.
Remember, friends, your life may be the only Bible some people are reading. Make sure everything you do points back to Christ.
Keep the faith-