Recently my two-year-old son came back home after we got all the pipes fixed in the house. To say the house had been quiet recently would be an understatement. He quickly reminded me about what happens to two year olds when they get overly tired, that you don’t sleep all night if they don’t sleep all night, and sometimes your feet become the best place for their shoes when they take them off. The little inconveniences add up but, in the long run of life, they really don’t hurt too much.
That isn’t the case about everything, I love working with young people. Sitting back and watching young people quickly reminds you how cruel humanity can be. It doesn’t take long for someone to talk about what you wear, how you talk, make fun of things you like to do, insult your intelligence, or anything like that. Humanity can be cruel and it can hurt. Sometimes humanity hurts us just because someone thinks it is fun.
The thing about humanity is that it doesn’t just like to hurt you when you are a young adult either. Adults, parents, and anyone who has been on earth can tell you about a time someone has done something wrong to them. One thing we know about life is that things don’t always go as planned. We don’t always get along with others, and others don’t always get along with us. It can be easy to let those feelings stew, but what good does that do? Really, it turns us into a volcano of emotions that builds pressure up over time. We feel the effects of the pressure as it begins to stress on us. Eventually our feelings boil over and now we have a bigger mess. Life can be messy, especially when people help us feel like we have been wronged.
God gives us another solution and one that is pretty straight forward. Colossians 3:13 says, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” If you look at what God is asking us to do it really isn’t much. It doesn’t cost us money, it doesn’t cost us much time, it’s not asking us to go super far out of the way, but it is asking us to do what the Lord has done to us. Forgive.
God knows that we are not perfect people. If we were all perfect then we would be enjoying the Garden of Eden. If we were perfect then why did Jesus come to the earth? The point is that we need to make some wiggle room to understand that each one of us has flaws and struggles. Just as the Lord has forgiven us, we need to forgive those who we have grievances with.
This week I hope you can take a look at the people in your life and take time to go through your check list of grievances. What are you going to do with them if you have any? Colossians gives us the thing that we really need to do. This week as a church I pray that we can all forgive people as the Lord has forgiven us.