A happy end­ing

The Philippine Star - - OPINION -

Be kind and com­pas­sion­ate to one an­other, for­giv­ing each other, just as in Christ God for­gave you. v. 32

A friend told me about the time he was watch­ing football on TV as his young daugh­ter played nearby. An­gered by his team’s bad play, he grabbed the clos­est thing and threw it down. His lit­tle girl’s fa­vorite toy was shat­tered, along with her heart. My friend im­me­di­ately em­braced his daugh­ter and apol­o­gized. He re­placed the toy and thought all was well. But he didn’t know how much his fury had fright­ened his four-year-old, and she didn’t know the depth of her pain. In time, how­ever, for­give­ness came.

Years later he sent an iden­ti­cal toy to his daugh­ter when she was ex­pect­ing a baby. She posted a photo of the toy on Face­book with the words, “This gift has a very long story go­ing back to my child­hood. It wasn’t a happy story then, but it has a happy end­ing now! Redemp­tion is a beau­ti­ful thing. Thanks, Grandpa!”

The Bi­ble urges us to avoid an­gry out­bursts by putting on the new self, “which was cre­ated ac­cord­ing to God, in true right­eous­ness and ho­li­ness” (Eph. 4:24). And if we are the vic­tim of anger, God asks us to “be kind to one an­other, ten­der­hearted, for­giv­ing one an­other, even as God in Christ for­gave you” (v.32).

Re­stored re­la­tion­ships are not easy, but they are pos­si­ble by the grace of God. — David McCasland

Lord, my tem­per can some­times run hot. Grant me the grace to stop and think be­fore I act or speak and the grace to apol­o­gize when I’ve hurt some­one. Thank You for the gift of for­give­ness.

READ: Eph­e­sians 4:20-32 Re­pen­tance and for­give­ness are the glue that can re­pair

a bro­ken re­la­tion­ship. Bi­ble in a Year: 2 Sa­muel 14-15; Luke 17:1-19

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