It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.
May 11, 2016 · 10:15 am
Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.
~ Ephesians 4:31-32
I used Eugene Peterson’s The Message for today’s Bible reading. I love the articulation of the scripture. He really spells out what I have to use as my goal. Clean break. With ALL that verbiage. Gentility, sensitivity. Those went down like honey. And then I got to as quickly as God in Christ forgave you. Choke.
Even when the repeat offender…er…repeats? Even if they have publicly humiliated you? I could handle the goal of forgiveness, but
That feels as if it requires a laser. A laser beam that burns out the hurt, the pride, the want for retaliation. But I know how it feels to be the forgiven one. I know how it made a difference in my life and my heart. I know it did not give me permission to hurt again, but, a warning sign does pop up in my heart and head when the temptation is near.
So, I have a new goal. Christ forgave me. I have even forgiven me.
Now it is time to pay that gift forward.
Thank you to those who gave me some advice about my “tough person.” yesterday. It truly made a difference. He’s making diamonds out of dust.
Because of Him,