“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NLT)
Pray to forgive and not recall the deed so often.
- Praise God for who He is
- Confess your sinfulness and need for cleansing
- Allow His Spirit to draw you near
- Listen as He speaks to you
- Pray to make wiser choices.
- Listen to the inner voice (is it intuition, or God’s voice?).
- Thank God for hearing you.
- Trust that God is at work to accomplish His will.
- Proverbs 3:3
- Proverbs 11:17
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ” – Leo Buscaglia
Twice in my life I experienced kindness from fellow Christians. In August 1984 my daughter was in a serious car accident in Winnipeg. Her best friend was killed and I didn’t know what to expect when I got to the hospital! A friend and his mother were at the hospital when I arrived. I had never met them before. The mother offered me a place to stay! I was so grateful for her hospitality and caring. When I went to a drug store across from the hospital the next day, there on the counter were Daily Breads. I had my Bible with me in Winnipeg and felt God was looking out for me with the daily reading.
The other kindness and tenderhearted act was being offered a place to stay with my Pastor and his family. I needed to leave my home because of spousal abuse. They were most kind and helpful without taking sides. I believe there are two sides to each story: yours, mine and the truth. There are times I have trouble understanding how God can and does forgive me! I can forgive! I don’t forget.
Contributed by: Marion Byron