Jesus Wept: The Bible and Human Emotions, Lesson 5


I am writing tonight from the dark and stormy Tampa Bay area.

 

Jesus wept: The Bible and Human Emotions, Lesson 5.

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“If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared” (Psalm 130:3, 4, NIV).

I am so glad we have a God who does not hold our mistakes against us. I am grateful also for friends who forgive and forget so easily. When I was in junior high, I remember we used to tease a kid in our class thinking it was all in good fun. We did not realize how hurtful we were. Years later, as a Pathfinder club leader I had to counsel some kids one night for teasing one of the other kids, and making them upset. On the way home that evening, I realized that I had caused the same pain to the kid in my class years before. I felt bad, so that night I sent them an e-mail and apologized for my behavior years ago. The next morning, when I got up, there was an e-mail telling me they do not remember me teasing them. They said all they remember is that I have been a good friend for over 30 years. I just thought, “Wow!” I want to be loving and forgiving like that.

A few years ago, when I had not been in Tampa long at all, I said something (Its always my mouth that gets me in trouble) that I should not have said to another elder in the church. I called and apologized later, and the other elder forgave me very quickly. Still, I felt awkward and foolish for how I had acted. Ever since then the elder has always been very nice to me, but up until just here lately, I have always felt very awkward around this person. Then one day he and I were talking together, having a very friendly conversation when it dawned on me, that this elder does not even remember the situation that has me feeling embarrassed every time I see him. I told myself that if he has forgiven me and forgotten about it, then I should forgive myself and forget about it.

Jesus says, “freely ye have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8. I believe this applies also with forgiveness. We need to be very forgiving of others, like my friends have been with me. Likewise we need to forgive ourselves.

2 thoughts on “Jesus Wept: The Bible and Human Emotions, Lesson 5

  1. very well said William, We all fall short, but we need to do the right thing to fix it.”All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the ruth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living. 2 Tim 3:16

    Peace of mind and a clear conscience are precious comodities, and they cannot be bought at any price (read that somewhere and it stuck with me). We need to be determined to do what’s right at all times…I’m working on that myself. And forgiving others has not always been easy, but as we want to be forgiven, we must also learn to forgive.

    Have a blessed day!

  2. This is the hardest thing for me — to forgive myself and let it go. It just seems that some things are unforgettable, thus unforgivable ….

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