Why is it easier to focus on pain rather than opening our hearts to forgiveness? We give into anger and resentment forgetting that we are to live for God and not for man (Colossians 3:23). Tragedies occur every minute of every day, filling our hearts with resentment and brokenness. It’s no wonder that people ask God, “Why…?” There is no easy answer to this question.
I decided to focus this month on two simple, yet powerful words: Grace and Forgiveness. Forgiveness cannot exist without grace. God extends His grace to us every day in spite of our sin. He then forgives and blesses us abundantly with His love. In the same way, we need to replace anger and resentment with grace and forgiveness. Below is a verse that reminds me of how God desires for me to live.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged? Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me.”
1. What is grace?
2. Is it necessary to extend grace to those you forgive?
3. Who do you need to forgive?