A Bridge of Mercy

Forgive us our debts and we forgive our debtors    Matthew 6:12 ESV

I like the idea that if I am merciful to people; I can count on God forgiving my sins. But we can’t just close our eyes and say, “God I forgive everyone.” God wants us to forgive actual hurtful things people have done. Several years ago I worked for a man who was well liked in our community though he always paid his bills late. But one year after I had worked for Bob several times without getting paid I began to get upset. Thanksgiving came and went with no check. Then Christmas and New Years passed with the same result. I was angry. Bob had promised payment for my hard work but it never came. Then one day as I was praying God spoke to me. “Pete; you’ve got to let this go.”Oh I hated doing that! I had trusted Bob and worse yet most people thought he was a great guy!! But I knew God was right. At first I told God I would forgive and even threw the bill away. But whenever I passed Bob at the store I would remember his bill. Then God spoke to me again and asked; “Are you as happy to see Bob as I am to see you after your sins have been forgiven?” I bowed my head in shame. I saw that forgiving meant treating Bob, like Jesus treated me. Stepping away from demanding my money set me free to really forgive. Giving mercy means building a bridge of forgiveness for others to cross back to you, just as God built a bridge at Calvary for everyone. He freely forgives! What about you? I am ending today’s devotion with some of my favorite songs about mercy. Have a wonderful and merciful day!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Giving mercy builds a bridge of forgiveness to others who can then cross back over to you, and God is the original bridge builder! AMEN, Pastor Pete!

    1. pastorpete51 says:

      Sometimes being that bridge person whether in a family a church or a community means being walked on by others unaware.

      1. True. And sometimes others are aware they’re walking on you, but don’t really care.

  2. gracespeaker says:

    Great practical application of a difficult concept. Thank you!

    1. pastorpete51 says:

      Thanks for reading. Have a blessed day 💕

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