• Gathered Under Grace

Love and Forgiveness

A friend recently called me with a Biblical question. After discussing the long and winding history of Esau and Jacob, plus the trials and tribulations of Abraham and Sarah, including Ishmael, the child of Hagar, and the bonus issues related to the Tower of Babel, we reached a conclusion. The conclusion of each and every story that God shares with us in the Bible is all about forgiveness and love. Grace and mercy, love and forgiveness, these are the lessons woven throughout the words and works of the Bible. Through the many and varied people’s and their equally varied stories, God’s lessons are revealed to us in the hopes that we can grasp the significance of each and in doing so, make our own world better.

Colossians‬ ‭3:13-14‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“bearing graciously with one another, and willingly forgiving each other if one has a cause for complaint against another; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so should you forgive. Beyond all these things put on and wrap yourselves in [unselfish] love, which is the perfect bond of unity [for everything is bound together in agreement when each one seeks the best for others].”

Seeking the best for one another is the end result of God’s unselfish love. It is that love, love that is best expressed in Jesus’ love for us, and this is the love that we should be expressing towards one another, and forgiveness is a manifestation of that love. People who truly love, following the examples found within the words of the Bible, will forgive one another because of this outgoing, seeking the best for one another, having and extending grace and mercy towards each other, example of love. May we each put on and wrap ourselves in this type of love.

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