LIVE The Gospel: Forgive Publicly
Often it can be tough to know how to LIVE out the Gospel when you’re at school or around those whom you want to lead to Jesus, but just don’t know how. Yesterday we spoke about the power in praying publicly. Today, we’ll talk about Forgiving Publicly:
This seems to be the pattern Jesus demonstrated toward people who hurt him. He didn’t necessarily go up to the individual and tell them that they were forgiven, but he demonstrated it in his response and his actions. You can do the same. Instead of quickly snapping back with a rude remark, gossiping behind their back, or even throwing a fist, you can respond with forgiveness and let it be apparent to those watching. In so doing you will be a living example of how Christ forgives our wrong-doing without retaliation. (That and you’ll also make people wonder what’s wrong with you – in the best way possible)
The words, “I’m sorry.” are so overused these days. We use it after spilling our soda, unintentionally tripping someone up – and in so doing it has really lost it’s power. By changing your language and using phrases like, “Will you forgive me?” or “I forgive you.” in a manner that communicates real regret and concern will show your friends and family that you hav a different standard of forgiveness. If they ask you why you say that…well that’s your ‘on ramp’ in sharing why (aka. The Gospel).
Remember: “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14