If you long to receive mercy, is it hard for you to release mercy? We are awed and humble by God’s gracious forgiving of our sin and failure. Yet we seem reluctant and sometimes rebellious when the Lord commands us to forgive those who have wronged or hurt us. Why do we hold back? What do we fear? Who suffers most when we hoard God’s mercy for ourselves and withhold it from those whom we refuse to forgive? The first person you need to forgive and love is yourself.
February 12, 2012