Living the Great Commandment
The season of Lent is a wonderful time to reflect on our lives and to deepen our spiritual journey with the Lord. It is a time to renew our relationship with God and to grow in our bonds of love with our families and friends. It is a time of repentance, renewal, and refreshment that arrives through the blessing of forgiveness.
Within that framework, we read Ephesians 4 today. If I may, let me direct your attention to 4:30 where the Word says, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” Do not disappoint the Spirit of God by ignoring your right place in the Kingdom of God.
Therefore, it is important that we stop from time to time to reflect on both sides (God and human) of our discipleship experience. Have we allowed unwholesome talk to come out of our mouths? Have we set aside all falsehood? Do we engage in conversation that builds others up? And most importantly, do we forgive just as Christ forgave us?
Compassionate relationships always include the power of forgiveness!