Lent: Day Twelve

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you -Ephesians 4:32

I began to go about my morning routine, coffee in hand, checking my email. I was caught off guard at an email sent to me by an individual I had struggled with in the past. The email implied things, but nothing absolute, and within seconds I was upset. My emotions went spiraling out of control and I made assumptions into facts, which led me to anger. Despite my feelings, I sent a kind text asking for clarity, but I had already made my conclusions and was dwelling on them. Then “bing” the text reply came through clarifying the email. I had misinterpreted the whole thing. I was completely ashamed and humbled. To make matters worse, I realized I had already forgotten God’s undeserving gift of grace. God brought this verse to mind: 

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” -Ephesians 4:32

I was ashamed at my lack of Love. 

Love believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” -1 Corinthians 13:7

God has shown me kindness through blessings, but most of all through giving me Jesus. I’m forgiven for everything. Why am I so slow to give grace to others? I am a broken person, being transformed by the gospel. Sometimes I hate the broken part.

I imagined the scenario again, this time with a gracious heart, that even if what I had assumed was true, it would be an opportunity to show grace and to demonstrate enduring love.

Lord, help me not be so quick to forget the depth of your love, and teach me how to love others like you love me.