Devotion: 1 Peter 4:8
Our culture uses the “love” word very loosely. We speak of loving a car, an outfit, a pair of shoes or a television show. People are added in the mix of all these things we “love”. We have told many people, we love them, until they betray us, cheat on us, or rob us of something precious. When one or all of those actions happen, we hate the people with the same passion with which we loved them. The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 4:8, “Love covers a multitude of sins.” Is it possible for us to love the people who have betrayed our love and trust?
My friend, God pours out unconditional love on you, everyday of your life. He is mindful that “we are but flesh.” We cannot love those who have hurt us, except to apply His grace to them. It is the same grace He applies to us, every moment of everyday. Grace includes forgiveness. It does not necessarily mean; things will go back to the way they were, but it does mean your chains of unforgiveness will be broken. Satan will keep you bound with “your right” to be furious. When you choose to walk in forgiveness, you win!
In Motion: Will you choose to forgive the person who hurt you of one offense today? Tomorrow choose to forgive him or her of another offense? When you have forgiven all the offenses, you have broken that link in the chain, with which you were bound. You are more than a conqueror, through Jesus Christ. Go out and enjoy your new found freedom in Christ.