THEME: POWER OF FORGIVENESS
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”
-Love forgives. The love of God; agape, never keeps a record of wrongs but forgives. Enmity between friends, family members and other people, begins when selfish motives find a foothold. Jesus in Luke 6:27-30 says that, you should “love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.” Jesus discloses the causes of enmity, and gives the remedy to a united friendship. Enmity is resolved by love and forgiveness, which are inseparable. Love does not rejoice in evil but delights in the truth. When people desire to do evil things against others, the window for enmity broadens, but when we have love, we remain peaceful and maintain harmonious relationships with one another, having one mind, the mind of Christ.
You Lord are Forgiving and Good, abounding in love to all those who call to You. May You show us Your grace which is sufficient to us. May You teach us to love and forgive one another like You do. Transform our minds that we may have one mind, Your mind Christ Jesus. Father God, may You help us to forgive everyone who has offended us in the past and in the present. May You reveal to us all those people who we have carried as burdens of unforgiveness in our hearts. May You help us to forgive our spouses, friends, parents, siblings, relatives, teachers, children, colleagues, church leaders, president, leaders, and everyone who has offended us. May You liberate us from every burden that has weighed upon our lives, heavy yokes that leads only to the way of torment and death. May You train our heart to forgive promptly and to live peaceably with all men. May You unite all the broken relationships and marriages according to Your will dear Jesus. May You bless all those who are waiting on You for marriages and unite them with Your love loving Savior. May You cement all the married couples with Your cords of love that cannot be broken gracious Redeemer. May You fill us with Your love Holy Spirit, and teach us to love deeply, and truthfully for love never fails. Amen
Further reading: Romans 13:10, 1 Corinthians 13:13