More Than Words | Ephesians 4:32 | Devotional
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
It was going to be a tough meeting. Those sitting around the table had some real issues with each other. You could feel the tension; so thick you could cut it with a knife as the saying goes. I knew this meeting could blow up in my face. If it ended with me having to make a judgment, someone was going to leave the church. I also knew that no one in the room was squeaky clean on this one. So I began the meeting by reading Ephesians 4:32.
I read it slowly. I read it with passion. I emphasized the word “forgiving” and “forgave”. I focused on the forgiving work of Christ and the command that to follow His example. I noted that no one in the room was without fault. And then I prayed. As I prayed out loud, inside I was praying, “Lord, please let this begin by someone saying that he is sorry.” When I said “Amen” we began the discussion and it went south fast. Accusations flew. Emotions flared. Tears flowed. Finally, one person got up and stormed out of the room. Another stormed out as well. Neither returned to our church.
I learned a lesson that day that I have seen repeated many times since. Obedience is an individual decision. And it is heartbreaking when people choose to disobey the word of God. Anyone you need to forgive? Forgive just as Christ has forgiven you? The ball is in your court. Don’t drop it.
Father, someone reading this needs to swallow their pride and extend forgiveness to a person in their life. Give them the courage and strength to obey You. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.