Love and Forgiveness

We’ve reached a new month and this month one of the big things we’ll be talking about is the topic of love. Love is one of the most used words and concepts in the Bible, used over 700 times depending on what version you prefer. It’s an important concept, one that Jesus emphasized throughout His ministry on Earth and one that He encouraged us to rely on and share in our lives too. Love isn’t a spiritual concept like “being saved” is, it’s not something that has religious boundaries like Vedic prayers, bar/bat mitzvahs, or the cross and tomb, it’s something that crosses all boundaries that we run into in our lives from issues of language, race, color, gender, location, age and faith.

To start off the month I wanted to talk about a verse that shares about an interesting aspect of love, Ephesians 4:2: “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each others faults because of your love.”

Forgiveness is one of those really scary topics that we tend to avoid because it can be overwhelming and usually involves an amount of pain for several people, whether bad memories or other forms of mistreatment, failure or hurt. But here in Ephesians it says that we need to incorporate forgiveness and the understanding that no one is perfect into our minds and lives because of love. It sounds a little crazy, doesn’t it?

But in a way it makes sense because love is the great overcomer, as it says in Ephesians 3:18: “And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.” As true people of faith we should live our lives reflecting and following the love that God showed throughout the Bible and Jesus showed during His ministry.  Will you choose to live a life of love not just this month but all year long?

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