Read Romans 12:14-21
God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
- Romans 5:5 (NRSV)
When I recently read the above passage of scripture, I was reminded of an incident that happened early in my marriage. One of our relatives said something very negative about me, and I was deeply hurt. When my husband came home that night, he vowed never to speak to this relative again.
Nevertheless, within a week we were able to visit them. Although it was a little awkward at first, we soon forgot about the incident and later even helped them in a time of need. At that time, I thought I was able to forgive and avoid holding a grudge because of my lighthearted nature. And because I’m a Christian, I attributed that trait to God.
Over the years since then I have taken an active role in attending and leading Bible studies. Studying scripture has helped me to realize it was only because of God’s love “poured into our hearts” that I was able to forgive and love those who hurt me so much. I know that even when we are hurt deeply and long for revenge, we can commit our feelings to God, who can turn our hurt into love. With God’s love in us, we are able to love those who hurt us.
Thought for the Day: God’s love is greater than any hurt we will encounter.
Prayer: Loving God, thank you for your love that fills our hearts. Help those struggling to forgive others who have hurt them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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