by Peter Watts
Coordinator for the African American Black Council (AABC)
for the Reformed Church of America
“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
~Psalm 36:5-7 (NIV)
Tina Turner had a hit song in 1984 titled, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Twenty years later, we are still asking that question. The Bible answered that question over two thousand years ago. Love has everything to do with how we see God and how we see one another. Our human relationships cannot demonstrate the depth of God’s love for us. When you come to understand the depth of God’s love for you, you will find it easier to love those who have hurt you or even deserted you. God’s unfailing love is the type of love that made Him willing to suffer in a garden called Gethsemane. The depth of God’s unfailing love was demonstrated when He offered forgiveness on Calvary.
As you reflect in your journal time, take refuge in the promises of scripture, which remind us that God will never leave nor forsake us. Today, write about all of the times that you can remember when God still loved you in spite of your own brokenness and disobedience. Then, ask God to reveal the one person you need to forgive, and demonstrate a radical move of grace toward them.
Read Psalm 36:5-7.
wRite a journal entry that reflects your week.
pRay using the prayer of Examen (Appendix).
Reach: Make a phone call, send a text, or letter to the person that God has put on your heart and begin the process of forgiveness with them.