2 Timothy 4:16-17a NIV 2011
At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.
Paul’s second letter to Timothy was written while imprisoned by Emperor Nero. He was chained and no one was able to discover where he is being held. The urgency in his letter is revealed here in forgiving those who did not defend or stand with him in the end. Instead of bemoaning his circumstance, Paul continued instead to point Timothy to Christ. Paul shared his personal testimony during his trial, never wavering in his resolve. Paul chose to forgive even through peril as a godly model of forgiveness. God calls every believer to forgive.
I’ll never be a Paul or a Stephen, but I can follow their model of godly forgiveness. The act of forgiveness includes the times I drive, speak on the phone with someone who is not listening to what I’m saying or anyone that happens to get in my way when I’m on the move. In looking at forgiveness, it is more than saying, “I forgive you.” This is an attitude that should permeate all aspects of my life daily life. The Lord calls me to forgive others every step I take.
What’s keeping us from forgiving today?
Forgiving because we’re forgiven,