1 Peter 3:8-9: "Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing."
As Jesus prays for us in John 17, He wants us to be one, as He is one with the Father. This is hard to do in the middle of disagreements or being hurt and offended by someone. It is easy to lose compassion, tenderheartedness and courtesy for those who are against us in some way. It is the most natural thing in the world, boys, to hit back when you get hit. Girls, to fire unkind words back when she teases you first. To hold on to memories of being wronged. But Jesus often saves us from remembering our sin, our enemies, and the damage it all does.
This reminds us of our need to confess our sins.
June 14, 2009