Passing Along Compassion

Through my relationship with Christ, The Holy Spirit has been a great teacher. He has taught me so much about my attitude, behavior, and treatment of others. He has taught me to rely on God in tough times and endure the consequences of my decisions, not to suffer them but endure them. The bible clearly states in Psalm 103:10-14, “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is his love for those who fear him as far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgression from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” He understands more about us than we could even fathom. The Lord knows every mistake, every transgression, yet he still chooses us as his sons and daughters. This decision does not mean that we will not have consequences for our actions. It does mean that each consequence will also work together in your life to make you a better version of yourself.

I was in my late twenties about to enter the realm of my thirties when I had a crisis of faith; my mother went home to be with the Lord. I remember feeling so alone and, I did not have a relationship with Christ at this time, but I knew enough to seek him. I made a phone call to a friend I grew up with because I was seeking a connection to someone who knew me. Unfortunately, too much time had passed, and the call went south quickly. The relationship as I remembered it was no longer; we both had grown up and changed. My intentions were misunderstood, and now I was even more confused. It would be years later but, God would allow an opportunity for reconciliation in this relationship. I now had a decision to make, would I give the same compassion I received from Christ and take this opportunity for reconciliation or remember the transgression of the past and allow them to alter what God was doing now. I endured the broken relationship, confused, and hurt, but I endured with Christ. Now here I was faced with a second chance to build a new relationship. With this person that meant so much to me in the past. Would I remain wounded from the scars of the past? Would I allow God to heal us? I believe many people wrestle with these decisions, will I get hurt again, did real change take place, how will I know. Do I trust God? Did I forgive them? Why now? When He opens a door for healing and revelation, it is for both parties, and it is time. Some relationships are hard to forgive, but please remember nothing is impossible with God if you are reading this and still holding on to the hurt from the past. Allow God to heal the broken places through the grace and gift of forgiveness.

Remember God loves you and so do I.

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