“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Eph. 4:31-32
These words can be simple.
Of course we should forgive.
No one wants to be an angry, evil spouting, unforgiving, unloving, spiteful person.
No one wants to be the person whom others dread.
The person which is so unpredictably poor tempered everyone walks on eggshells around them.
I know some people who fit this description.
What’s even worse,
I’ve had times in my life,
I’ve been this person.
Complaining, grumbling, and ill tempered.
The key to avoiding or reversing this pattern is spelled out.
Put it away.
Control your tongue.
Control your emotions.
Walk in thankfulness.
Daily remember: Christ forgave you.
Your account is paid in full.
Your sins are washed away.
I like to think of it as the beach when the tide is out.
The water recedes and reveals all manner of hidden things.
Not unlike the Word of God to help me view my heart and the things normally not visible.
Then the Lord shows me all He wants to do. Whether it means cleaning off the rubbish left behind by hurt or struggle, or it means gathering together the little treasures of blessings often unnoticed under the daily grind.
So, as I meditate on this verse I pray.
“Lord Jesus, please show me anyone I’m with holding forgiveness from. Please flood my heart with love for the people in my life.
Father, show me how to put off words which hurt and instead be tenderhearted and kind. Help me to see from the other perspective.
Lord, help me never start a day without thanking You for the forgiveness and love you pour out on me daily.
Please continue to speak to my heart through Your scriptures so I can see myself clearly. ”
I’m so thankful for God’s Word which washes me daily!