Canadians are known worldwide for our polite nature
and “sorry”-filled vocabulary. If somebody elbows us
in a crowd, we politely and quickly say “Sorry!” as we
continue on our way without a second thought. We are
known for apologizing for other’s mishaps. The other
day I said “Sorry” when someone else spilled ice cream
on my shoe.
A quick “sorry” usually works. Sometimes though, we
put a Band-Aid on casualties without realizing how
hurt someone can be. We hear “sorry” yet those feelings
of hurt still linger. What does forgiveness look like in
Forgiveness is not necessarily the easiest thing to do;
however it is an expression of God’s love.
He forgave us. “Because of his great love for us, God,
who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even
when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you
have been saved” (Ephesians 4: 32).
In those times when we are hurting, can we first forgive
ourselves with this same grace and then forgive others?
By loving yourself with the same love God has for you,
can truly begin to trust in His love for you. This means
believing that His thoughts toward you are good, so that
even when times get hard you can rest in the assurance
that His love is still moving and He continues to work in
Embrace yourself with the love God has embraced you
with in Jesus.
He has given you the gift of a deep, intimate and
He is calling you to Him. He is saying to you to
come just as you are, with all your thoughts, all your
struggles, and all your wanderings. He adores you and is
there for you.
The psalmist David discovered this powerful truth as he
began to write personal entries of hurt, hope, despair,
victory and God’s goodness. “Pour out your heart before
Him,” he wrote, and “God is a refuge for us” (Psalm
He has given us peace when we hurt, which goes so
far beyond what our eyes can see or minds can now
Will you come to Him today? As a little child in His lap,
will you come to Him and share how you are feeling? He
is listening. He is here. His love is moving.
“May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace as
you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 15: 13).
How and where will Jessica be celebrating Christmas?
Most likely she and her husband will attempt to create their
first delicious home-cooked Christmas dinner in their new
FORGIVING AIN’T EASY