Acts 11:17-18 (ESV)
“If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?”  When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

One of the biggest tests of our spiritual maturity is how we respond when someone hurts us — especially when it’s someone that we care about.  What we might barely give a second thought to coming from a stranger can feel deeply offensive when it comes from a close friend or family member.  Not only do we value their thoughts and opinions, but we’ve given them access to our lives and their actions can feel like a betrayal of that trust.


It’s times like these when we need to make a conscious decision to have a Christ-like perspective.  We know that there is forgiveness of sins for everyone who accepts Jesus and repents.  There are no additional requirements.  While this might seem like taking sin lightly on the surface, God actually considers the sins against us so serious that it took the suffering and death of His own Son to make them right!


The next time someone hurts you, remember that the forgiveness given to us through Christ is as much for them as it is for you.  Give others the benefit of the doubt in the same way that you would want your apology fully accepted the next time the roles are reversed.


Steve Rimikis
Executive Pastor