My friend, may I ask you a question? Should we never grow weary of doing good for our Savior since He has never grown weary of us.? Free-flowing forgiveness may not always be satisfying, but can it ever cease to replenish the pools of friendship and the depths of love we have for both God and others?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
We have an artesian well in our front yard. As is so often the case with wells of this type, there is always the ever-present danger of a clog in the drainpipe that flows around our house. Should that happen, the water has no place to go but over- flow the basin and drain into the driveway. Even though it can be a bother to be confronted with water in the driveway, one thing always strikes me when I resort to plunger and hose in an effort to blast through the subterranean clog; the well just keeps chugging away. Despite the fact that the precious water slowly seeps away into the gravel of our driveway, there is always more where that comes from. The spring never seems unwilling to forgive the waste even when it is worthlessly poured out upon the driveway. It just keeps giving despite the taking.
And so it is with forgiving. Here's a story: Abraham Lincoln had many enemies but none more virulent than Edwin Stanton. During the election of 1860 Stanton went around the country calling Lincoln a "fool and a buffoon." When Lincoln was finally elected, he didn't forget about Stanton. When the time came for him to choose his cabinet, Lincoln decided that the best man for the job of Secretary of War was Stanton. With that choice many of Lincoln’s advisors raised a hue and a cry. They told him: "Do you know what Mr. Stanton has been saying about you? Do you know what he has done, and is trying to do to you?" After listening to their protest, Lincoln responded: "Oh yeah. I know about it. But I find that he's the best man for the job." Stanton accepted and soon became a very good secretary of war and gradually learned to appreciate, even admire the president. Because of Lincoln's free-flowing and never-ending willingness to forgive and forget, he had turned a bitter enemy into a devoted friend. (Source Unknown)
Lincoln understood the concept of, what might be called artesian forgiveness. No matter how much you pour out you shouldn't expect it to return to you. You just need to be a free-flowing source of life-giving forgiveness. If you stop to examine where that forgiveness is going, you might as well be a mud puddle whose worth is spent when the sun has dried its substance and turned it into a hardened patch of common dirt. Christians like you and I must never be compared to mud puddles. That's the worth of the world and the amount of forgiveness an unbeliever might contain. It's never the source of our forgiving comfort. We need to love without condition and forgive without the hope that what we give will be given back. We must never grow weary of doing good for our Savior has never grown weary of us. Free-flowing forgiveness may not always be satisfying, but it never ceases to replenish the pools of friendship and the depths of love.
We pray. Heavenly Father, You are the Lord of Life and King of Kings. Your justice is perfect in all ways. As sinners we merit that justice, yet You pour down your grace and mercy on us despite our inability to mete out that same justice so often to others in our lives. Forgive us Father for not being quick to forgive, fast and certain to move on life even when others cause us grief and sorrow. May we love our enemies as You have loved us, and may we never give way to our passions and emotions when fairness seems the better way past our emotions. In Jesus Name. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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