How are we to share the love of the God
who’d dare claim those apart from Him too…
with a daring love… a holy love, even if
they’d seek to kill you or the message true,
do as the Lord Jesus did,”Forgive them,”
for the hurt, harm or persecution and pain,
you must soon realize God’s truth is inclusive
in His love, the representation made so plain,
there is much more to be known from our
actions, for this is not just a spoken oblation…
this is to be more, much more, and to deepen
our understanding… it is a solemn obligation.
Can we grow to become what God would have us to be? Yes, if we give ourselves up to ‘the Spirit’ of God’s truth… to encompass forgiveness- and this does transcend both our actions and reactions to what we encounter (or do) in this life. Pray for the strength of faith, the truth to prevail, and the will of God to embrace your soul (mind, heart and strength).
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
[Found below… some thoughts and commentary from Wesley’s Explanatory Notes, on Ephesians 4:31]
Let all bitterness – The height of settled anger, opposite to kindness. And wrath – Lasting displeasure toward the ignorant, and them that are out of the way, opposite to tenderheartedness. And anger – The very first risings of disgust at those that injure you, opposite to forgiving one another. And clamor – Or bawling. “I am not angry,” says one; “but it is my way to speak so.” Then unlearn that way: it is the way to hell. And evil speaking – Be it in ever so mild and soft a tone, or with ever such professions of kindness. Here is a beautiful retrogradation, beginning with the highest, and descending to the lowest, degree of the want of love.
[Found below is from Matthew Henry’s Commentary… for the same scripture]
And by malice we are to understand that rooted anger which prompts men to design and to do mischief to others. The contrary to all this follows: Be you kind one to another. This implies the principle of love in the heart, and the outward expressions of it, in an affable, humble, courteous behavior. It becomes the disciples of Jesus to be kind one to another, as those who have learned, and would teach, the art of obliging. Tender-hearted; that is, merciful, and having tender sense of the distresses and sufferings of others, so as to be quickly moved to compassion and pity. Forgiving one another. Occasions of difference will happen among Christ’s disciples; and therefore they must be placable, and ready to forgive, therein resembling God himself, who for Christ’s sake hath forgiven them, and that more than they can forgive one another. Note, With God there is forgiveness; and he forgives sin for the sake of Jesus Christ, and on account of that atonement which he has made to divine justice. Note again, Those who are forgiven of God should be of a forgiving spirit, and should forgive even as God forgives, sincerely and heartily, readily and cheerfully, uersally and for ever, upon the sinner’s sincere repentance, as remembering that they pray, Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Now we may observe concerning all these particulars that the apostle has insisted on that they belong to the second table, whence Christians should learn the strict obligations they are under to the duties of the second table, and that he who does not conscientiously discharge them can never fear nor love God in truth and in sincerity, whatever he may pretend to.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.