October 14, 2011
“You’re one happy man when you do what’s right, one happy woman when you form the habit of justice.” Psalm 106:3 (The Message Bible)
A neighbor is angry and puts up a fence. He will go inside rather than face you as cross the street to talk. Rather than to forgive, he’d rather “drink poison and hope the offender dies.”
Unfortunately, this scenario is a true story. All too often we get our feelings hurt and live with those ugly feelings for days, months, or years. The Psalm writer says we’ll be happy if we do right and strive for justice. God gives us the perfect example of how to forgive—it started at the cross where Jesus hung to his death—for doing nothing wrong at all. His resurrection gives us proof that forgiveness is the only way to live in peace. Without it, we die in spirit. And if we seek forgiveness, and do not receive it, then we need to forgive that behavior and move on.
Dear Lord, soften the hearts of those who would rather die within that forgive. Amen.