1 John 4:19-21
We love because He first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
Written by: Jimmy Leaf
Never before has the human heart been so accurately described than by Jesus (Mark 7:21-23). He describes our hearts as being wicked, prideful, and untrustworthy. No other religion reveals the true character of man more than Christianity. Instead of giving a prescription of how to act to be redeemed, Christianity calls on us to humble ourselves to receive God’s forgiveness.
Jesus was innocent and we hung Him on the cross. Even then, He cried out to God to forgive us (Luke 23:34). In a form of poetic justice, the same soil God used to create man was the same soil that soaked up Jesus’ blood. This act gave us the ultimate ability to be forgiven and the ultimate example of how to forgive.
Before you humbled yourself and asked God for forgiveness, you were separated from Him. Likewise, when you harbor bitterness and unforgiveness for others, you separate yourself from them. In the end, all that matters are your relationships with God and people. In your humility, you were forgiven. In that same humility, forgive others.
Thought of the day: Is there anyone in your life you are separated from because of unforgiveness?
Prayer: Jesus, I praise You for going to the cross and giving us the ultimate example! I pray You search my heart and reveal to me any pride that is separating me from those You call me to love. Please grant me with peace and wisdom. Amen!