“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back” Luke 6:32-35
I’ve been thinking about hatred and forgiveness a lot this past week, wondering how did we get so bitter as a country. We have raised skepticism and distrust to unbelievable levels.
Why do we hang onto bitterness? For some who are chronic, I think they use it as a means of interacting – complaining about others or the country or politics the same way some other people complain about aches and pains.
Some people seem to enjoy it. I’ve never understood those who prefer to be miserable and live in chaos but I have met them. They are hard to be around, painful to the spirit of anyone that craves peace and serenity.
But I’m afraid, that the rest of us have also gotten less loving, less Christian. The pandemic and all the changes and challenges of the last year has impacted us all. The pressure of altered life, the creeping illness and the isolation has impacted us in ways we don’t always realize. Tempers are shorter and tolerance is stretched. And an easy target for frustrations are those people who we never agreed with anyway.
Spend some time in prayer this week and ask God to show you how to be truly forgiving. Call on God to give you a spirit of compassion for all. Let us learn to forgive and release bitterness for the sake of our soul.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37