God is doing a work in my heart that I cannot do for myself. Only God bring about the softening and the willingness to love. Because I hold onto the hurt and resentment. I tell myself to forgive, yet I count every wrong.
“To the church in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:2-3
I am one who is sanctified in Christ Jesus. I am one who is called to be holy. I call on the name of my Lord Jesus Christ.
“But to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” 1 Corinthians 1:24
Christ is the power of God at work in me. He is the instrument of God’s power doing the work of change in my heart. He is healing. He has cracked open my hard heart to allow forgiveness to flow in.
Christ is the wisdom of God at work in me. He is the instrument of God’s wisdom changing the way I see and the way I think. I cannot reason myself into letting go of bitterness.
“It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’” 1 Corinthians 1:30-31
Only through the power of Christ Jesus can I grow more compassionate, more loving, more forgiving.
Dear Lord, You are my Savior, my Redeemer. You are Power and Wisdom. You have set complicated relationships before me. Help me to see those in front of me with your eyes. Help me to love them as you do. Only you can loose the bonds of resentment and ill-feeling. Renew my heart so that I can serve cheerfully. Let me be your servant to show your grace and peace. Amen.