“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-36
Daily Devotional Series
Grace & Truth Day 13
Reading: John 13
I remember reading a story of a family that had been attending a church. One Sunday, there was some type of festival and the mother went to the booth that was holding cupcakes. The person manning the booth informed her that she could not have a particular cupcake. She was rather abrupt in doing so. The woman was offended and not only left the festival but left the church all together without a word to anyone. Years later a minister ran into this person on the street and the woman shared how for so many years she held a grudge against that one person who was abrupt with her. It wasn’t until recently that she was back to another church and very happy that she did. She finally let go of the grudge. This is a true story. How much time was wasted holding a grudge that could have been explained or reasonably ignored?!
How often do we hold grudges for stupid things? If someone looked at the key verse would they picture you as an obvious disciple? Too often we say we forgive UNLESS it is so-n-so. In this chapter, Jesus predicts his betrayal. His disciples are going to dig a deep, deep hole for themselves. And Jesus still forgives them. Because they have been forgiven, how could they not forgive others? If you are holding a grudge and stewing about what horrible thing has been done to you, think of yourself and what you have done. And you’ve still been forgiven. How can you not forgive?