“And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ And they cast lots to divide his garments.”-Luke 23:34
“Losing” by Tenth Avenue North
I always have liked the famous quote that talks about how we should be kind to everyone because we do not know the battles they are currently facing. It is a good reminder that we all need to have patience with each other.
Easier said than done though right?
I find myself often dealing with the pain of people not having patience with me because they do not understand what I’m going through. They do not understand the decisions I’ve made, because they cannot see my prospective of the situation. They become angry with me, because I don’t match their ideal way of living. They push me away because it is easier than to wait for me to catch up to them. They forget that I am not perfect, and that I make mistakes.
And it hurts.
In life, people have made me feel abandoned, slandered, crushed, humiliated, angered, saddened, frustrated, bombarded, rushed, judged,and overall just misunderstood.
My first thought is often “How could they do this?” and then the pain and anger consume my mind. Until I stop and think…
When was the last time I showed someone kindness and patience when they did something I didn’t agree with? When was the last time I showed someone God’s Grace when they didn’t deserve it? How can I expect others to have patience with me when I do not even show it to others myself?
I do not typically like New Year’s resolutions, but I think I have finally found one I want to try. I want to have more patience with others, even when they struggle to have patience with me.
Lord, give me the strength to forgive others. Please Lord, give others the strength to forgive me.
Who is needing your kindness, patience, and forgiveness today?