I thought of you on Saturday. I was at the hair salon, and John apparently is a Beatles fan. He played most of the Magical Mystery Tour Album while he highlighted my hair. As I hummed the tune to “Strawberry Fields Forever,” I relived that dark day in 1975 when I realized my cherished double vinyl Red album was missing. Uncle Mandi had bought it for me for my birthday, and I knew every song by heart. When I saw my prized possession sitting on your bedroom floor two weeks later, I wanted to punch you in the face and take it back. I still have no idea how you managed to get it out of my house without mom noticing. I do not believe your lame excuse that your grandma bought it for you. Everyone knows that old Cuban ladies have zero taste in good Rock and Roll. I cried the ugly cry when mom told me to “let bygones be bygones.” I wanted to give you a Ticket to Ride straight to hell.
But on Saturday, as I sang along to “All You Need is Love,” the sting of that painful day was gone. I forgave you long ago. My pastor once said that harboring a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die. I laid you and that Beatles’ Album down at the foot of the cross.
I don’t want Yesterday to cloud my tomorrow. All my troubles are not here to stay.
Now that I follow Jesus, I am playing by a new set of rules:
You’re familiar with the old written law, “Love your friend,” and its unwritten companion, “Hate your enemy.” I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives His best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty (Matthew 5:43-46, MSG).
Lord, help me to freely forgive others just as You forgive me.
Do you have a Denise? Does unforgiveness crowd your prayer closet?
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