Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:13-14 (NLT)
Clothed With Love
I have been gifted in seeing the faults in others. I have been unable to recognize and see my own faults. I have been hurt and wounded by the offensive behavior of others. I have been unaware of how I have hurt and wounded others by my own offensive behavior. I have been unforgiving toward those who have hurt and wounded me. I have held on to bitterness and carried resentment. I have been nothing like you. How so? I have not loved others like you have loved me. I have not forgiven others like you have forgiven me. No, you have not.
What do you want from me? I want to be like you. I want to know you. I want to hear your voice leading me. I want to have your hand guiding me. I want to do your will. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to live the kind of life that you lived. I want to live as a bright and vibrant witness for you in the world. I want to go where you went. I want to do what you did. I want you to change my heart and transform mind. I want to think your thoughts. I want to do your will. I want you to remove any offensive behavior in me. I want you to clothe me with your love. I want to put on your love. I want to let go of bitterness. I want to stop carrying resentment. I want to love like you loved. I want to forgive others just like you have forgiven me. I want your love to be working in and through my life. Is that a prayer of yours? Is this what you are asking of me? This is the prayer of my heart. This is what I am asking of you. You want what I want. So, I will hear and answer this prayer of yours.
How will you know that I have heard and answered your prayer? You will use me to demonstrate your love. You will use me to bring health healing and hope to others. You will use me to bind up brokenness. You will use me to bring people together. You will use me to bring about unity where there has been division. You will use me to help others to live in harmony as your life and love are living in and through me. Yes, I will and that will be very good.
Lord, I know that I have my own weaknesses. I know that my behavior has been offensive to others. Help me to make allowances for other’s weaknesses. Help me to love and forgive others just as you have loved and forgiven me. Amen
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