Have you been ‘wronged’ before? Has someone said something to you that was just plain hurtful? My assumption…. you have, we all have. If you answer that you haven’t then well, you’re lying.
How should we or do we respond? I was recently put in my place by something I read in Colossians 3 –
Colossians 3:13 (NLT) says:
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
I immediately applied this to my relationship with my wife (it could be applied in a number of different areas). But I honestly had never thought of giving Lesley a ‘allowance of grace’, if you will…. I know my wife / friend / co-worker’s / brother / sister’s faults…. Simply knowing the areas where they fault doesn’t change the fact that it is difficult to wade through some of the emotions at times of tension or selfishness (on my part or their’s). God’s word tells us to make allowance for each other’s faults (obviously this can be taken to an unhealthy extreme)… don’t go there.
I think of a weekly allowance – the money runs out. This isn’t the type of allowance that God is speaking about here… we must “Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” the allowance he gives us doesn’t run out… mine shouldn’t either.