March 15, 2018 – Thursday
Matthew 18:22(b), 33 [NKJV] I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven… Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?
I’d been sick for a week and still not feeling well. The work day was exhausting and irritating. As I started to drag myself home, the parking garage offered one final straw: a big dent in my car. This day was too much, and I got angry. Angry at whoever hit my car. Angry at the one who designed this parking garage so only Mini’s and motorcycles could fit. Angry at management for moving me to a windowless basement office. Angry at all the other foolishness that goes on in my work life.
And then a coworker saw what happened. He tried to cheer me up, and I got angry at him. My humor turned vicious, and I hurt my friend. And then I wondered, how I got to this point?
Once home, my wife and I talked about what happened – and how today’s anger was just the top layer of a whole lot of anger. We prayed and then looked at scripture. I started realizing I have trouble forgiving others – people I know and people I don’t know. And so, I committed to start forgiving others.
It wasn’t easy at first, but the anger did subside. Junk cleared out of my mind. I became humble, free to rejoice with a servant’s attitude. I somehow acquired a mind and heart ready to obey His still small voice. And, my friend at work sees the difference!
Today at work, don’t let pent-up anger overwhelm you. Whatever happens, focus on forgiving others – do so seventy times seven – even those who will never know what they’ve done to you.
And when you do, you will be closer to Him and a better servant to His flock!
Father, I have sinned against You so many times I can’t even count. Jesus, I praise You for Your unfathomable sacrifice that made forgiveness possible. Spirit, help me forgive those I know and those I don’t know, so You can restore a right spirit in me. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
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