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• READ: ROMANS 8:1-4, 38-39
We waited outside the pole barn on a brisk winter morning to meet our new foster dog.
Cheryl, the head of the animal shelter, brought the little terrier out to us. Nearly furless, the dog cowered at the end of his leash. “Poor thing,” Cheryl said. “He’s spent the last six years in a small pen outside with little human contact. He had so many mats, the groomer had to shave him down to his skin.”
We named the dog Luigi and went about the challenging job of housetraining him for a future adoptive family. In the first few weeks, the twelve-pound terror dug through the garbage, jumped up on the dinner table, had accidents in the house, and snarled at us.
But as the months went by, Luigi began to scratch at the door to go outside. He laid down on the floor while we ate dinner and even snuggled with us for family movie nights. Then one night, Cheryl called to tell us she’d found a permanent home for Luigi. After a family meeting, we called Cheryl back to tell her we’d decided to adopt him.
But here’s the thing. Sometimes, Luigi still jumped on the table, growled at visitors, pawed through the trash, and escaped into the neighbor’s yard. His many flaws made it clear: we didn’t love Luigi because he was perfect; we loved him because he was ours.
The unconditional love we have for our temperamental rescue pup reminds me of the unconditional love God has for me in Christ. When I snap at my mom or tell a lie, God loves me. When I choose the easy way instead of the right way, God loves me. Even though I rejected Him and chose sin, He reached out in love to save me (Romans 5:8).
Though He loves me no matter what I do, I am also a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). His unwavering faithfulness holds me as He works in my life, causing me to become more like Himself (2 Corinthians 3:18). Jesus’ great love for me also makes me want to be a part of His rescue plan for the world—by showing the love of Christ to others who are flawed, just like me. • Sarah Rollandini
• Name a few people you know who are like Luigi and you—imperfect but loved by God.
• Read John 3:16-21 and 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. How can you show these people Christ’s unconditional love?
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
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• READ: MATTHEW 18:21-22; COLOSSIANS 3:13
I nurtured you after someone hurt me. You grew in the soil of my misery, and I watered you each day with anger and frustration. Like ice, you crept into my heart, teaching me to shut people out, afraid of future disappointments. You are a storm twisting within, causing confusion. Like fire, you flare up and draw pictures of those I have failed to forgive. The thoughts of them spiral inside me, like a movie, re-enacting the scenes over and over again.
The problem is, you are wounding me. The rage that prowls inside and the sadness that creeps in—they warn me I cannot carry on like this.
But you are impossible to give up. I know the only way to conquer this is to open up my heart to God and release you, trusting Him to take care of all my hurts. I am praying to Jesus, asking Him to melt the bitterness and heal me—praying I will rest in the grace He’s given me and extend that grace to others.
Now, it is time to say goodbye to you. Unforgiveness, I am letting you go. In Christ, I’m finally breaking free. • Cindy Lee
• Forgiving someone who has hurt you is a challenging process, and it doesn’t always mean trusting the other person, especially in a dangerous situation. If you’re a Christian, the Holy Spirit is with you and will empower you day by day to forgive. If you’re struggling with forgiveness, who is a trusted Christian—such as a parent, pastor, or counselor—you can talk with about it?
• What emotions does unforgiveness cause in your life? Write them down and talk to Jesus about them. Ask Him to heal you, to fill you with His love for people, and to deepen your trust in His promises to bring justice for every wrongdoing—whether at the cross or on the Judgment Day (Luke 23:32-35; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Colossians 3:13 (NLT)