LOVE Demonstrates

Rom. 5:8  But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

How do we demonstrate our love for those who have offended us?

Most of us generally wait until the offending party repents and apologizes. Then we demonstrate our love for them.

God’s love was demonstrated long before I ever thought about being sorry, apologizing, or repenting.

How great a love is that?!?

Can we demonstrate love to those who offend us? to those who do us harm? to those who do us dirty?

HOW can we demonstrate love to those types of people in our lives?

Challenging Forgiveness

Colossians 3:13    bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if someone happens to have a complaint against anyone else. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also forgive others. (NET)

Could it be that the reason we have such difficulty with forgiving others is that we are not totally aware of what we have been forgiven?

“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven–for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” – {Luke 7:47 ESV}
Was she forgiven because she loved? Or, did she love because she was forgiven?

Forgiveness is a challenge for many. We demand justice; whether that be in the form of an apology or retribution, something must be done.

Does it? Why?

Why do we not rather suffer the injury, bear with the slight, forgive the offense? Why do we choose to nurture the hurt?

I have yet to completely deal with this problem in myself, though I have made much progress. It is the one problem I continue to encounter in others as I listen to their complaints (about whatever) in their life.

What is your experience of dealing with the offense from another–especially a loved one?