The closer we get to God, the less we retaliate against the unloving behavior of others. We only choose to retaliate—when we FORGET the immense mercy that God has given US! Then, even something as insignificant as an unreturned telephone call justifies retaliation. Good grief—how ridiculous! However, when we are acutely aware of the measure of forgiveness God has given us, then—irrespective of the nature and extent of the offense—we are FREE to forgive.

Our knowledge of God’s mercy towards us helps us develop a healthy mindset about the offensive behavior of others.

An abiding, personal appreciation for God’s mercy in our own life reveals this deep truth about those who hurt us: Our offenders REAL problem is not with US—it’s with GOD!

What a HUGE burden rolls off of our back when we realize this! We suddenly have no reason to retaliate because we realize that their crimes are not really about us and they are not against us!

We can let go and let God take care of all that mess!!!

Furthermore, when we’re close to God, our realization of His mercy grows. Nothing that anyone else has ever done to us compares to the magnitude of the offenses we’ve committed against Him. Unbelievably, He loves us even though He also knows all of our future offenses against Him!

God’s mercy challenges me to love like He does.

When my life belongs to God, then so, too, do the offenses of others against me.

Thus, I am free to love like Jesus told me to love:

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” (John‬ ‭15:12-14‬)

God loves us. He commands us to love others as He loved. He loved us to death. Are we loving each other the way He loves us?

In Christ, we forgive the past; love in the present; and anticipate the future!

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