I’m one of the lucky ones. I was blessed with the kind of skin that will not tan in the summertime. Nope, I go straight from lily-white to lobster red! Do not pass “GO”, do not collect $200 – go directly to Lobster Jail! I have a truckload of Aloe Vera gel beside the gauze bandages – and I know how to use them. My poor burned skin needs immediate relief and nothing takes the sting out of a burn quite like Aloe Vera gel.
Have you ever done your best and been misunderstood? The best of intentions do not guarantee the best results. The sooner you can forgive wrongs done to you the better. Making allowances for others is part of Christian maturity. We all have off days and can come across as rude or insensitive at times.
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. – Matthew 6:14-15
Whether you are angry or have hurt feelings, forgiveness is essential for true healing to take place. I think of these times as strength training. Much like a person trains physically, we as Christians need to make sure our relationships with others remain good so our relationship with God can be the way it should be.
Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:11-12
Sometimes we are insulted or more often “teased” because of our faith in God through Christ. It seems unfair and unjustified, but it’s at those times we need to rise above it and show God’s love in return. Many times we are jabbed with a stick just to see what we’re really made of. We get tested like that by non-Christians. Our witness needs to be at its best then because non-Christians don’t understand what we’re about, and we dare not blow our witness. Take it – then run to Jesus for His Aloe Vera gel. He will apply it to the burns you’ve suffered.
Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness. – Billy Graham
We all need the Aloe Vera of God’s love. That’s why it’s so important to have daily quiet time with the Lord. God covers us with His love and forgiveness so we can share His love and forgiveness with others. ❤