“Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (Colossians 3:13)
“I am SO done with them!”
This is a statement I’ve caught myself angrily declaring more than once to Andrew about people that I’ve had to work through struggles with. While it’s true that there can be situations that we eventually must simply move on from, the attitude that we have reached our maximum patience level with someone and can therefore declare ourselves “finished” with them is far from the Christ-like love and forgiveness we are called to as believers. It’s also far from the treatment we receive from our Savior on daily basis.
What if He had a last straw?
What really got me mid-sentence the last time I found myself saying this was the thought, What if God decided He was done with me after I’d sinned against him for the umpteenth time? What if He gave up on me this easily? What if He had a “last straw” and I finally broke the camel’s back and lost my child-of-God status?
Jesus doesn’t give up on me.
When Jesus claimed me as His child, He promised never to give up on me. He promised to love me forever, regardless of the sin that still so often entangles me. He promised to forgive me over and over. And that’s the kind of love I should be more than happy and eager to bestow on my fellow brothers and sisters.
As a sinner who is the undeserving recipient of grace and mercy daily, “I am SO done!” really has no business ever crossing my lips.
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”(Ephesians 4:32)
“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” (Matt. 18:21-22)