"Faithful to Forgive"

"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."                     Ephesians 4:32 (KJV)

I don't know why I decided to begin cleaning out my lower kitchen cabinets that day.

I was certainly not in the best attitude for it as my morning had been hectic, full of responsibilities and interruptions. Helping to care for my 95-year-old bedridden mother-in-law and keeping the books for our business, on top of the usual household and gardening chores, sometimes leaves me feeling overwhelmed. Perhaps that was the reason for my sudden cleaning mode; when I'm upset, I tend to want to straighten out the few things that I can control!

As I was busily taking out all the canned goods so I could clean and repaper the shelves, I ran out of room on the floor and began reaching up to put cans on the counter. Crash! Shatter! Uh oh! I raised up and peeked over the counter top. One of the cans that I had so carelessly tossed out of my way had crashed into my husband's new coffee maker. The glass coffee pot was in pieces.

I felt terrible, and very nervous, because David had just bought it and was so pleased with it. I just knew I was in for a well-deserved scolding. Thoughtless and careless again...one of my faults that I continually battle.

Gathering my courage, I went outside to find my husband. He was coming from the barn and I walked up to him slowly. Standing before him I said, "Honey, please forgive me. I've broken your new coffee maker."

He smiled, put his arms around me, and replied, "We'll get another one, don't worry about it."

All at once, the tension was gone from my body and my spirit seemed to soar. I was touched by my man's unconditional love for me and his understanding.

Then I thought, "God loves me infinitely more than David does and is infinitely more willing to forgive. Why am I sometimes so slow to confess my sins to Him and receive His forgiveness?"

I made a decision at that moment to run to the Lord whenever I need His cleansing and forgiveness and I thanked Him anew for His great love for me.

"Father, I thank You for Your great mercy and Your grace. Thank You, too, for my husband's love for me and for You. Help me to always be quick to run to You when I stray, knowing that You are faithful and just to forgive... and Lord, please help me, too, not to stray so often." Amen.

2002 Marie DisBrow

[This devotional article first appeared in the May 2002 issue of thischristianlife.com]