Written by Madeline Kalu
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
Thought of the Day:
Forgiveness and understanding forms a bridge that promotes peace with our fellow man and undoes the damage caused by adversity.
A few months ago, l had a memorable encounter with a lady, who taught me the value of second chances through her act of forgiveness.
I had just left a doctor’s appointment and decided to pop into a shop, which was adjacent to the doctor’s office. When l am in public places, l always have headphones on, as l suffer from social anxiety and am particularly sensitive to noise. However, as l had removed my headphones for my doctor’s appointment, l didn’t think it was worth donning them to make a quick purchase.
I was perusing some items on a shelf, when an unexpectedly loud cry made me literally jump in the air. I clutched my chest and felt my heart beating a staccato rhythm underneath my ribcage.
l turned around slowly to uncover the source of the noise: A mother was standing near me with a 3-year old girl in a stroller. The toddler was upset, which was evident through her loud cries and failing limbs, complete with tightly clenched fists.
I felt sorry for the girl, as well as for her mother, the latter who was visibly at a loss as to how to soothe her child. l fervently hoped that the lady hadn’t noticed my involuntary reflex towards her child’s outburst. Unfortunately, she had.
“You don’t need to behave so distastefully towards us!” she barked at me. “My goodness, she is only a child!”
I was so embarrassed. I turned to the lady and tried to explain my predicament and how I felt no animosity towards her baby.
Oh, why didn’t l just put on my headphones? l lamented to myself.
Still offended, the lady stormed out of the shop. l felt just awful. I was about to look for the lady outside, when she suddenly reappeared.
“I apologize,” she said gently. “I’ve had a hard day with my girl. I heard you when you said you had health problems, and l felt sorry for you. I had to come back and tell you that.”
“No, it is me, who should apologize!” l exclaimed with relief. “Raising a child is hard, and l so admire you! I wanted to find you and tell you that!”
We spent the next 30 minutes talking, and I was grateful for the second chance this lady gave me to make amends by forgiving me.
This experience was an important reminder for me that God forgave us for our sins through the blood sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ; His gift of Salvation is our second chance at eternal righteousness with our heavenly Father. Thank You, Lord!
Thank You for forgiving us for our sins and offering us a second chance at eternal life through Your gift of Salvation. Help us to forgive others like You forgave us. Amen.
This devotional was published on PresbyCan Devotionals on the 3rd of September 2020.
Madeline Kalu is a Christian writer and the co-founder of Jacob’s Ladder Blog. She was born in England, was raised in Australia, and currently lives in Germany with her husband, Solomon. Madeline is in recovery from burnout, chronic depression, and anxiety. She believes that God can take life’s adversities and work them out for His good; hence, she uses her writing voice to raise awareness of mental illness, as well as to spread the light of God’s love to those who are mentally trapped in the dark, and provide them with hope and encouragement.