The Rebel in Me


     In our series Forgiven, we come to a crossroad in the teachings of Jesus. Jesus confronts both Pharisees and tax collectors in His attempts to point out issues of self-righteousness on forgiveness and resentment. In every case Jesus shows that a father's love for his son or a woman who shows love and affection where none is given is a demonstration of God's love for us. The disciples taught that the message of Jesus was to walk in the light and not darkness. “If we say we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (I John 1:6). Likewise if we say we are God-fearing and love the Word and yet hold our brother in contempt with resentment and negative treatment, we do not love God.
     Do you struggle with feelings of unforgiveness and resentment towards individuals you have encountered in life's journey? If so, then mastering brokenness and humility is a step in the right direction. The apostle John writes, "If we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another in the blood of Jesus his son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).