Refreshed by God's Love

God forgives you often and generously; do the same for people who offend you

Refreshed by God’s Love
Rooted and Established – Part VII

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21

Key Verse: Ephesians 3:17
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love…

If I ask you how worthy you are of God’s love and kindness, what would be your answer?

We all have times when we have done something really good, and maybe this makes us feel worthy of God’s love. However, many of us feel unworthy of God’s love and kindness most of the time!

This is one reason why we sing so many praise songs in church. We feel so grateful to know God loves us despite our many faults. This is why we talk about “grace” so much in our churches and small groups; we know God has given us “unmerited favor”.

Most of us can forgive others easier than we can forgive ourselves because we see our weaknesses so clearly. Most of us must truly “live by faith” because it takes faith to trust the Bible’s teaching of God’s unlimited love for us.

These feelings of deep unworthiness of God’s many blessings in our lives can help in our struggle to love others around us. If we remember God’s love for us, even when we fail Him, it can help us to love those who fail us.

I often ask the Holy Spirit to remind me how often God has forgiven me so I can quickly forgive others. The Apostle Paul made this clear:

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32 NLT)

Note the words “just as”. Think about how Christ has forgiven you, both often and generously. It is good for us to remember His forgiveness, not to humiliate us but to help us forgive the people who frustrate and hurt us.

Take a moment to read Ephesians 4: 20-32. It will remind you of the things that we believers must rid ourselves of to live in a way that pleases God. These things are summarized in Ephesians 4:31:

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.

Some people excuse these behaviors as being “just who they are”. But that is not true for those who have God’s Spirit in them, for God has given them a Spirit of self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).

God helps us “get rid of all” things that make the Spirit of God in us feel sorry.

Father, help me be the person You want me to be. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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