Proverbs 17:9 (NLT) Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,
but dwelling on it separates close friends.
I don’t like arguing with my husband or anyone. I don’t like disagreeing with people. I don’t like being hurt and having to forgive. Who wants any of that, right?
Today, I read Proverbs 17:9 and I thought about my roll in a person’s forgiveness story. Now, I’m not saying people should hurt you just so you forgive them over and over and over. I am saying that every time you forgive a fault against you, you do your part in preserving love.
Every time I forgive my husband or vice versa, our marriage grows a little more love. When forgiveness takes place, love prospers. It’s dwelling on mistakes that strains the relationships.
Is it easy to forgive? Not always. It is right to forgive? Always. If we’re placed on this earth to love and forgiveness makes love prosper when we do, forgiveness is that much more important.
I believe, we’re most like Christ when we serve and when we forgive. Christ didn’t have to do either, but He chose to. He chose to set the example. Surely I can do both because I need to. Really, I believe God is saying, just put a little love in your heart.
If Jesus can forgive crucifixion. Surely, we can survive and find a resolution – India. Arie
I don’t think we can overemphasize the love of God. He really loves us. I can’t fully explain it, but He does. He doesn’t have to. He could just make us be whatever He wants us to be and feel however He wants to about it. But in His infinite wisdom and love He created choice. He created the choice to love us and the choice for us to love Him in return.
Think about it. God is perfect. And that’s the best we can do to describe Him because He is so much more than just that. And He deals with us. He created us. He uses us to create things. And we’re not perfect.
We don’t acknowledge God very often. Some people never will. But He still loves us. He still chooses to use us. Isn’t that love?
AND, He sent His Son to die for us. He saw our sin and imperfection and how empty Heaven would be without us there and decided He didn’t want that. So He sent His Son to die for our sins, past, present, and future.
His sent His Son from Heaven to earth. Perfection to imperfection. Purity to impurity. And why?
Because through His Son He would be able to further relate to us. And to a God that is Love, it’s more important for Him to be able to relate than dictate.
If I had more faith
I could move mountains.
But maybe I should serve
And wipe off the water fountain.
I could change the world
If I had more power
Or maybe I could change it
If I volunteered for an hour.
Think of what I could do
With a little more money
Or maybe I could offer tissue
To the person whose nose is runny.
Think of the possibilities
If I had a better title
Isn’t the title of servant
The most vital?
Wishing I had a better car
Is that so wrong?
Only when there is no gratitude
In your song.
More and more
We think that’s what it takes
When really it’s more love
That makes the world great.
As I read all that Christ endured, for me, I’m brought to tears. I’m nearly brought to shame in the behavior of mankind, mostly because that behavior is still alive today. And I just love Jesus. I think about how much I am not like Him, and I want to be. I really do. But he was so wonderful. He set such a great example for our ordinary lives, by enduring His extreme trials.
Let’s check this out:
12 But when the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent. 13 “Don’t you hear all these charges they are bringing against you?” Pilate demanded. 14 But Jesus made no response to any of the charges, much to the governor’s surprise.
When I’m right, it takes all that I have not to acknowledge how right I am. When I’m wrong, I still want to explain my perspective. But here we have Jesus, God, refusing to gloat. He’s refusing to state His case, although He has every right to if He wants to.
How divine is that? To know there is no need to prove your innocence or divinity, because you are God. What an example.
He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.
I really want to approach the story of Christ’s crucifixion from a different perspective. I’ve been in prayer and asking God, that I not approach it as a story I’ve read many times, but as a part of my own biography. It may not be an event that I saw, but it was for me that He was there. It’s not just for the history books, it’s for my present and future.
The day that Christ was crucified is a pinnacle day in my own life story. Although it is a Bible story from many years ago, its purpose was and is for me. His crucifixion and resurrection are the events that make His life as a perfect sacrifice the final piece. Therefore, these events are what make my salvation the final piece.
To separate this story from my own personal biography would be in a sense, to separate salvation from my own narrative. And without salvation, without forgiveness, without God’s love, I am nothing.
For you bless the godly, O Lord;
you surround them with your shield of love.
It seems like things are happening to you. Doesn’t it? Why did this happen to me, we say often. But here’s a thought.
What if it’s not happening to you, but happening for you?
What if that relationship isn’t working out, for you? What if you didn’t get that job because it wasn’t the right fit for you? What if you can’t get that new house because it’s not for you?
God is love. God blesses the godly. He surrounds them with His love. So I believe that out of His love, certain things just aren’t in the cards for us because He is protecting us. I believe certain things aren’t for us because He has something better. And I believe that in His divinely wise love, He keeps the things that aren’t for us, away from us.
It’s easy to ask, why would God do this to me? But it’s not so second nature to ask, why is God doing this for me? How is God expressing His love for me in this situation?
God loves us and everything He does is out of love. So when we don’t get what we want, it is just as much out of love as it is when we do receive it. So the question isn’t why does God do this to me? It’s not why is that happening to me? It’s not even why is God doing this for me?
So when we really think about God’s love, and His actions always expressing that love, the real question at hand is the same one King David had:
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and prayed, “Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
2 Samuel 7:18 (NLT)
Vision – the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
I can see just fine (with glasses). The issue is when I can’t envision what’s next. That’s where I fall into a trap. In fact, that’s why I chose the above definition to describe vision. Because true vision has nothing to do with eyesight.
Where there is no vision, the people perish. Where there are no godly dreams or plans people fall prey. In other words, where there is no anticipation for God’s plan, the people fall to ruin. Where there is no desire for God’s plan, the people fail.
But, he that keeps the law, is happy. He that obeys God is happy. He that focuses on God is happy. He whose plan is God’s plan is happy.
So, we can perish, or we can be happy. It’s our choice. Where there is no anticipation for God at work, there is no hope for any good work.
He that chooses God’s vision, truly has vision.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.- Helen Keller