Hi son, I have to share something that you need to know….. I don’t always practice what I preach. I still struggle with stubbornness and it takes me too long to get over disappointments and much longer than it should to forgive and forget.
I tell you about what is in the Bible and how Jesus expects us to carry ourselves; but there are times when my pride gets in the way of doing what I know I should……what He is teaching me to do.
It’s times like this when I sit back in amazement at how loving and forgiving our God is! His love is unconditional; which is amazing considering he has been rejected and disappointed more than anything we will ever experience.
As humans our love ALWAYS has conditions: “Do they love me back”? “Do they do things for me”? “Do they make me happy and encourage me”? etc. etc…. God’s love doesn’t need these things. He loves us in spite of ourselves and how we feel about Him. He loves us so much He sent his Son to die on the cross for us even though most of the people at the time were just fine letting him be crucified.
The other thing I think about is how easily God forgives us. As long as we are sincere, He will forgive us and throw those sins so far away that they are out of the picture completely. He forgave me for acting like an idiot most of my life and he forgives me when I act like a hypocrite now.
I wish I could be more like Jesus and forgive and forget as quick and easy as He does. Heck, sometimes I have a harder time forgiving myself than forgiving others. All I can tell you is I am trying! It’s so great to have His Word and examples of His love for us to read and learn from.
We will never be perfect my boy, but it is worth every ounce of effort in our body to try and mirror Jesus in this aspect.
I love you buddy and promise if we ever have a disagreement, or if you ever disappoint me, that I will do my best to respond like Jesus would.
Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you”.
1 John 4:16 “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them”.