So, how is life treating you these days? Everyone acts nice, talks nice? When you’re on the verge of a misunderstanding the other person is kind and courteous? Other people respect your opinions and overlook your few, insignificant flaws?
No? There are a few thorns in your path of life? You feel irritated, just thinking of it now?
Take a look at one person who had ten good reasons NOT to forgive someone. Try to put yourself into this person’s situation; imagine how he must have felt and how he must have reacted.
The evening news on TV was especially bad. A new outbreak of violence overseas, a severe storm on the east coast, a horrible accident on the Interstate — and that was just for starters. I sat in the blue velvet recliner in the living room, taking in all the gory details of an ordinary day out there in the world.
Actually, it happens every single day, with only minor changes. Murder, crime, disaster, deception. The whole world is hurting; the whole world is bent on evil and destruction.
For some reason last night the events seemed overwhelming, so I left the room —as if that could stem the tide of pain and fear and disgust that enveloped my heart.
“Lord,” I began to pray, “I hate to tell you this, but things are worse than yesterday.”
Considered any new evidence? Recognized your determination? Challenged to examine your logic? Noticed some areas of uncertainties? Appreciated a new view of opportunities? Remembered that life’s struggles have made you stronger? Felt a lack of peace of mind, but will address that issue soon? Reminded yourself to show enthusiasm about learning? Decided to take a new look at beliefs of life and death? Talked to your Creator and received His love?