TABLE OF LOVE
“Let not mercy and truth forsake
thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.”
Are we following these instructions? Have we invited people to feast
at the table in our heart by extending forgiveness and understanding?
All of us
are guilty of telling someone; I forgive you, yet in our heart we continue
to harbor resentment, unforgiveness, and bitterness. I have found
out by personal, heartbreaking experience that you do not hurt anyone else
by that attitude. You only hurt yourself and Jesus.
We need to realize that we hurt people also. We want their forgiveness and
understanding, yet we are not willing to offer them the same forgiveness.
What is wrong with our thinking? Clearly, it is not controlled by
the Love of Jesus! How many times have we gone to God and asked Him
to forgive us? How dare you and I ask Him to forgive us when we are not
willing to forgive others?
We all need to realize that it is a privilege and honor to even say the
Name of Jesus, much less ask Him for something. Is the table of your
heart spread with kindness, honesty, understanding and forgiveness?
If not, you have pounded another nail into the Hand and Heart of Jesus.
October 13, 1999