Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gospel Joy

READ 2 Samuel 19-20

Though David seems, at times, to do so many things wrong, one very good thing he did was to pardon his enemies after the death of Absalom. He is in a joyful, celebratory mood because the people are returning him to Jerusalem to reestablish his reign as king. While in this good mood he will not entertain the thought of taking revenge on others. He has been saved so he is kindly disposed to others, even those who have wronged him.

There’s the lesson for us. It’s gospel thinking. We have been saved through the gracious work of Christ on the cross and given new life, eternal life, in Him. So we should be loving toward all those around us, even those who have wronged us. Since we have been forgiven, we can forgive. Since we are loved with an everlasting love, we can love others, even our enemies. When we truly grasp the greatness of God’s saving love to us, we are freed to offer it to others.

Prayer:  Father, help us to love because you have first loved us. Help us to forgive because you have forgiven us in our Lord Jesus Christ. Help us to be a channel of your grace and love to all those in our lives.

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