Read: Ephesians 4:20-32
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. v. 32
A friend told me about the time he was watching football on TV as his young daughter played nearby. Angered by his team’s bad play, he grabbed the closest thing and threw it down. His little girl’s favorite toy was shattered, along with her heart. My friend immediately embraced his daughter and apologized. He replaced the toy and thought all was well. But he didn’t know how much his fury had frightened his 4-year-old, and she didn’t know the depth of her pain. In time, however, forgiveness came.
Years later he sent an identical toy to his daughter when she was expecting a baby. She posted a photo of the toy on Facebook with the words. “This gift has a very long story going back to my childhood. It wasn’t a happy story then, but it has a happy ending now! Redemption is a beautiful thing. Thanks, Granpa!
The Bible urges us to avoid angry outbursts by putting on the new self, “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:24). And if we are the victim of anger, God asks us to “be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (V. 32).
Restored relationships are not easy, but they are possible by the grace of God. – David Mccasland
Lord, my temper can sometimes run hot. Grant me the grace to stop and think before I act or speak and the grace to apologize when I’ve hurt someone. Thank you for the gift of forgiveness.
Repentance and forgiveness are the glue that can repair a broken relationship.
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