Proverbs 16,17,18; Romans 12
“He who conceals a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends.” (Proverbs 17:9)
Everybody needs love. We listen to radio songs crying out over the airwaves daily about those who are “looking for love” or “wanting a lover.” The Bible tells me that one of the ways to seek love is to conceal, or in other words, to cover a transgression — to overlook an error, to forgive quickly and completely.
It can be hard sometimes to forgive. One of the ways we try to punish those who have hurt us is to hold an offense against them. It’s like getting back at them, but it only hurts us more! They say that resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die! Forgiveness—quickly and completely—is the best way to stay free from the other person’s error and grow forward. I can’t let others errors or sins impede my life. I will always be surrounded by errors, other people’s immaturities as well as my own. But growth and happiness cannot happen only under ideal conditions. If that were true, I would never grow and I’d never be happy.
Lord, I have to admit …. Sometimes it can be so difficult to forgive, but I have to! I am realizing that forgiveness is for me, not for the other person! I must remain free from their error and their sin. I cannot be held hostage by another person’s offense. Holy Spirit, please help me in this area, I pray. In Jesus’ Name! Amen.