If you’re a new reader to my blog you might not be aware of my goals for 2014. First on the list is to pick one Bible verse to focus on and pray about each week. Whatever my mood or need is for the week I’ll search out a verse to reflect on.
This week I’ve chosen Ephesians 4:31-32(NIV).
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
I chose these two verses because these days it seems like you can’t escape “bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander.” Open the paper, turn on the news, click the next Facebook link and there’s a good chance you’ll find a story where at least one of these things is present.
Countries, communities, congress… even families are fighting! Why? I believe it’s mostly for the overwhelming desire to be right and control every situation. Trust me, as a slight control freak who likes to be right, I’m just as guilty as the next guy.
I can’t help but think the news and our world view would change if we all lived out Ephesians 4:32. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
A little kindness and compassion can go a long way. A little listening and patience might not change your mind but it will at least give you a brief look at the other side of an argument.
My goal this week is to rid my thoughts of “bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander.” To ask for forgiveness when necessary and to grant it when others ask it of me.
I’ll leave you with a great Tobymac song called “Forgiveness” with these lyrics:
“Cause we all make mistakes sometimes
And we’ve all stepped across that line
But nothing’s sweeter than the day we find
And we all stumble and we fall
Bridges burn in the heat of it all
But nothing’s sweeter than the day,
sweeter than the day we call
out for forgiveness”