“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another,
even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
a good friend, Linda, and, well, you know the old adage, “We always hurt the
ones we love.” On occasion Linda and I have had some major disagreements.
relationship has lasted, though, because Linda understands the concept of
forgiveness. Her example has mended many rifts, and she has taught me the
importance of forgiveness. She exemplifies the true reason we should forgive,
regardless of the crime or misunderstanding: “…God for Christ’s sake hath
before my ire has subsided, Linda will say, “I hurt you, and I apologize,” and
my heart softens. I believe the word tenderhearted
in this passage is the key to
grasping the significance of the concept of forgiveness. When Linda apologizes
to me, my pride-filled heart is tenderized. When I practice what Linda has
taught by example, and I apologize without any expectation that my apology will
be reciprocated, the result is the same: my pride is abolished, and my heart is
free to love again.
is the ultimate thief, stealing away our friendships and our happiness. Holding
to our pride builds a wall of bitterness, encompasses us with pain, and
prevents God from speaking His truths into our circumstances. Apologies humble
us, loosen the hold pride has over us, and allows God to work in our lives.
Lamb’s second book in the Amazing Grace series, Better than Revenge, deals with Christ-like forgiveness:
fiancée, Issie Putnam, was brutally attacked and Michael was imprisoned for a
crime he didn’t commit. Now he’s home to set things right.
people stand in his way: Issie’s son, Cole, and a madman.
Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart and protect
him from the man who took everything from Michael so long ago?
Better than Revenge is
available through Amazon.com.