A truck driver went into a café and ordered a hamburger, French fries, a piece of pie and a cup of coffee. Shortly after he placed his order, a group of bikers came in and surrounded him. When he was served, they ate his food. Quietly, the trucker stood up, walked to the cash register and paid his bill. He said nothing as he walked past them and out the door.
“He’s really not much of a man,” said one of the bikers.
“And he’s really not much of a driver either,” said the cashier. “He just ran over three bikes in the parking lot.”
In Romans 12 Paul describes the central values for Christian living. In particular he says that if we have truly experienced God’s grace, we will want to share it with others. Forgiveness is a good example.
Often we say that we forgive others for the wrongs they have done to us. But, forgiveness is much more than quietly offering kind words under our breath that only God hears. Forgiveness is active not passive. If we have trouble forgiving someone and the hate remains lodged in our hearts, perhaps we might do something special – like offering them a small gift. That always helps!
And as we do so, think of the gift God gave to us in His Son Who died to forgive us of our sins against Him.
Prayer: Help us, Father, to be forgiving and loving of those who harm us even as You through Christ forgive us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Romans 12:17-21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.