In last week’s blog we discussed how to talk the talk, but everyone knows that is irrelevant if we don’t walk the walk as well. When it comes to being a Christian, Jesus made it very clear that our lives are to be expressions of love, honor, and forgiveness. How we see this develop in our lives is often times in reverse order of that, though.
Forgiveness means to count any debt as a loss. Forgiveness does not seek any restitution for wrongs committed. I’ve often heard people say, “Well I’m not going to forgive you until…” In Matthew 18, Jesus addresses how we should act when we’ve been hurt by a brother. He doesn’t even speak about the sin or give instruction to the person who committed the act. Jesus paid for all sin on the cross. Ultimately, even when a brother sins against us, that sin has been paid for and we must trust the Holy Spirit to develop them to a point where they experience the freedom they have been given.
Honor is lifting someone up to the level they should be at, even when they’re not there. Honor does everything to not only seek to give forgiveness (mercy) to someone who has messed up, but to give them the grace (unmerited favor) to empower them to do what they should have been doing all along. Honor doesn’t ignore the problem, but it restores the individual.
We all know what love is. It’s everywhere you look. You cannot get away from love. Television, movies, social media, eHarmony, Christian mingle…. our society’s definition of love is everywhere. But overexposed sensuality isn’t exactly how the Bible describes love. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says, “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Wait… that’s what love is? Love is the essence of seeing perfection in imperfect people.
In order to truly love, we must first forgive ourselves. Then, we must learn to walk releasing the freedom we’ve been given.
Pastor Zac Breckenridge