Proverbs 10 5-10-18

How do we love the unloveable?

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.

There are three things to remember about love:

  1. We all were once unlovable to the Father. 1 John 4:19 We love because he first loved us.
  2. Love requires us to forgive. Unforgiveness places us in a holding pattern where we relive the wound repeatedly. For our own sake, we must commit that person to God and then move on. Proverbs 20:22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and He will deliver you.
  3. God loves both people in a conflict. It is their response by which we measure godliness. Just as He does in our own lives, God uses their “poor choices” to teach them. Proverbs 24:17-18 Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice, [18] or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath [discipline] away from him.

Wisdom is knowing to duck when God’s hand of discipline comes swinging by.

Instead of focusing on the one who hurt us, let’s fix our eyes on the One who gives comfort and can work all things for our good (2 Corinthians 1:3 and Romans 8:28). When we say the words, “I can’t,” we are finally where we need to be! Forgiving is a God-thing and takes His power working through us. Along with that power flowing through us is His love, His joy, His peace, and His grace. Forgiving others is how we are MOST LIKE GOD.

Let’s be like Him today even as we remember that He has forgiven us!

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

[5:8] For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light [9] (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) [10] and find out what pleases the Lord.

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