One of the key things that gives me peace and sanity to get through my day is reading. A few months ago I kept “bumping” into John 15:11-17, in several devotions within a week. In this bible passage it basically talks about God’s love for us and because He chose us, and loved on us regardless of our sinful ways that it is reason enough for us to love on others. Early on during that very week I also attempted to reconcile a friendship that has been “estranged” (we went from being sisters to strangers) for a little more than a year. My heart grieved the loss of what we had and I believe she would say the same. I could only take that first step because I was ready to be humble, acknowledge my stuff and forgive her. Things between us are not peaches and cream, but I know and believe God will turn things around for our good, no matter what direction our friendship goes from here on out!
Is there someone you need to reconcile with? Have you been at a point of your life where you forgot that God calls you friend? If He can forgive and love on us, we can do the same to others! You can only do this by remembering that forgiveness is not about letting the other person get away with what they did/said, it is about letting yourself be free from the cage of bitterness, frustration, hurt, and anger towards them. The cage of unforgiveness started to get uncomfortable and I decided to be have faith, open the door and be set free in Jesus Christ. You no longer have to be a victim, you are not stuck, the cage has never had a lock on it, all you have to do is open up the door!
11 I have told you this so that you will be as joyful as I am, and your joy will be complete. 12 Love each other as I have loved you. This is what I’m commanding you to do. 13 The greatest love you can show is to give your life for your friends. 14 You are my friends if you obey my commandments. 15 I don’t call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing. But I’ve called you friends because I’ve made known to you everything that I’ve heard from my Father. 16 You didn’t choose me, but I chose you. I have appointed you to go, to produce fruit that will last, and to ask the Father in my name to give you whatever you ask for. 17 Love each other. This is what I’m commanding you to do.