We have a choice when it comes to our friends, family and acquaintances; either to dwell on their faults or to forgive them and see them with a clean slate every day.
Looking at your best friend, sibling or parent with a clean slate everyday can seem rediculously hard, but we need to aspire to it because that’s how Jesus has loved us.
Proverbs 17:9 says “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.”
When I keep score and dwell on the faults of my best friend, brother, spouse and kids, my mood and spirit are impacted in a negative way.
This timeless price of advice is so true in my life, and I wanted to share this verse because of how prominent I think it is.
We can all really brighten the world around us when we extend grace to people, and not dwell on their faults. Jesus lead the way and set the standard to shoot for in living – and it’s incredibly counter-intuitive.
Don’t retaliate evil for evil, don’t be concerned for your own good, do nothing from selfish ambition, and you must be “last” in order to be first.
I’m telling you, the bible is filled with the most practical and helpful principles you’ll ever read. If your not reading it and trying to learn from it, you’re missing out on some of the most common sense stuff in life.
Start out by reading one chapter of proverbs a day – the same chapter of the day of the week you’re in. Then read a chapter of something else.