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Forgive and Have Compassion for Your Brother and Sister

The Greek Orthodox Icon of the Miracle when Jesus Fed the Large Crowd of Thousands of People
The Greek Orthodox Icon of the Miracle when Jesus Fed the Large Crowd of Thousands of People
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Forgiveness and compassion for others is a difficult act to uphold. However, if we allow ourselves to open our hearts and minds to each other, offer everything, and expect nothing, this act of forgiveness and compassion is possible. It is all up to the giver to give and not receive. He, who gives and receives nothing, will receive tenfold from He who died for us.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another (John 13:34).”

Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has told us to love and have compassion for one another. Jesus said this and led by example. Jesus himself loved and had compassion for the lowest of sinners, as a way to teach us that we must do likewise. Just as our Lord loves us and forgives us for our sinful ways, we also must go and forgive our brothers for their sins too.

There will be times when we will see our brother do wrong, something that makes our eyes widen and our mouths drop. This is when we must stop to think. Imagine how our own sins look in the Eyes of God. Yet, when we sin, our Lord graciously welcomes us back into His arms. Think about how you treat your brother or sister when he or she sins. Do you welcome them back with open arms?

Our Lord Jesus loves us so much. He only wants us to pass this love along to others, so that everyone can feel this love. Just as Jesus loves you, you now must go spread it around. Remember how many times you do wrong, and the times that Jesus forgives you.

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).”

Beloved, do not allow the stumbling of your brothers to rid you from loving them any less. Stand up for the lowest of the low and never embitter anyone. Do not make someone feel guilty for their sins, for that is not your place or job to do so. Sometimes, we are used by God to pass messages onto others, but we cannot hold others accountable for sins that do not concern us.

Leave Judgment to Jesus. It is our obligation to love and have compassion for those around us. Continue to do this and our Lord Jesus Christ will reward you.

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