Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
One day when my son, Joshua was about two years old, he was given a helium filled balloon at a restaurant. I tied it to his wrist, and he had a lot of fun with it. But after a little while, we needed to get rid of the balloon because it interfered with other things I needed to do.
So I said to him, “Hey, Joshua, I want to show you something really cool. How would you like to let your balloon go? It’ll go really high up in the air. Would you like to see your balloon go really high?”
He said, “Yeah. I want to see it go really, really high.”
With him grasping the string in his little fist, I untied the balloon. “Now, Joshua, let it go,” I said.
We watch the balloon rise high into the sky. Joshua laughed as his balloon drifted higher and higher until it disappeared.
I said, “Joshua, look, your balloon went up so high and now it’s gone.”
My little two year-old looked at me and said, “Bring it back.” You can imagine what happened next.
Do you have something you need to let go of? Is there someone you need to forgive? When we are offended, we have two options. We can treat the offense like my son’s balloon and release it to disappear, or we can treat it like a kite that we keep reeling back in whenever we want.
To truly forgive means to let go of offenses against us and not reel them back in. That’s the kind of forgiveness God extends to us. We are commanded to extend the same forgiveness to others.
Have a Great Day and Keep Moving Forward!