I have a challenge for you today:
Everyone has someone they consider an “enemy”. It could be a friend who has done you wrong, a co-worker who stepped over you to gain a promotion, a family member who cut you so deeply you want nothing to do with them anymore… The possibilities are endless. I understand your flesh is saying “No way. I’m not giving them anything else”… see, you already have a person in your mind or you wouldn’t have even thought this statement.
By conquering your flesh you will experience such a sense of accomplishment you will actually enjoy it. God says to forgive – you too have wronged someone and hurt them deeply. Maybe your challenge should include an apology to that person? God also says to go and make good with your brothers (and sisters).
CHALLENGE: Somehow, someway, do something over the top nice for this person that has hurt you. And if applicable, go to a person you know you have wronged and make it right. Ask for their forgiveness. God won’t forgive you if you are holding grudges against someone else. Here is your chance to make it right.
Colossians 3:12-14 (The Message)
12-14So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
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Are you dressed with love? or naked with hostility?