1 Corinthians 13:4(a), 7 -- "Love suffers long and is kind, it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
Matthew 5:44 -- "But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you."
A forgiving attitude is a primary mark of someone right with God. However, it is all too common for people to be highly religious, yet possess a judgmental, unloving spirit. Pharisees come in many shapes and varieties. Through lack of love and unforgiveness, family members often build relationship barriers in their homes. Though we may "say" we forgive, we really don't.
Questions for Reflection: Do you respond with forgiveness and love when someone hurts you? Do you make a point of actively doing good to those who have done you evil? Are you carrying an internal catalogue of grievances against friends or family members? Do you brood on the ways a spouse or child has disappointed you? Do you withhold your kindness because they don't "deserve" it? Do you give loved ones the "silent treatment' '? Have you determined to love family and friends with Christ's unconditional love?
My friend, your places of disappointment are your greatest opportunity to let Jesus live through you. In just such times, you will experience your greatest growth or worst failure. Trust Jesus to fill your heart with His pure, unconditional love for others.
As we confess our sins of taking offence and bitterness, we must always remember it is "Christ in us, the Hope of Glory" (Col. 1:27). As believers, we are forgiven and empowered only by the covenant of Christ's blood and His indwelling life. As we plead His precious blood and wholly trust in His fullness, we are able to see from His perspective and respond to people with His grace. His victory is surely ours!