I experienced a tough situation recently.
I was forwarded an email by a friend. As I read through the email, I realized that there was a large portion of the message that I probably wasn’t supposed to see.
Near the bottom, there was an exchange between my friend and another person that wasn’t flattering toward me. This third party (also a friend) was venting about a decision that had been made, but it got a bit personal. I realized that a) our relationship wasn’t what I thought it was and b) she was freely sharing her opinion with a large audience.
At first I was frustrated. Why hadn’t she called and let me know how she felt? We interact often, so the opportunities to talk were frequent. Frustration then led to disappointment. I wished that my friend would have talked to me rather than airing it to others first.
But I’m truly no better than her. Truly.
Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. Psalm 139:4
While I might not write it down, I have those same thoughts from time to time. I’m frustrated with the actions of others…disappointed…and let my emotions get carried away.
But God knows.
In 1 Chronicles chapter 28 the writer tells us that God searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. We don’t have to write down our thoughts- God knows what’s written on our hearts.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
I’m called to forgive. I need to forgive, because God has forgiven me- a chief sinner.
Please pray for me to be a better example of grace with others. I need it. And let me know how to pray for you.