Choosing compassion forgiveness how to forgive when it hurts

Choosing Compassion – Coffee with Kim #2

Choosing compassion and forgiveness is the theme for the devotionals in March. When you join my newsletter not only do I share with you my ‘reading between the lines’ author news, but I give you a 30-day devotional pdf!

Here’s a sample for you.

Choosing compassion forgiveness how to forgive when it hurts

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32, NIV

Andy lived in a small farming community in Idaho. When he was fifteen, he took a gun to school. He showed it off to his friends, who crowded around him at the lunch table.

But while he was handling the gun, Andy accidentally discharged the weapon. Another student, seventeen-year-old Larry was shot. Paramedics were called and Larry was taken to a local hospital.

After several days, Larry woke up to the news that he was paralyzed. Overnight, his baseball scholarships disappeared and his girlfriend dumped him. But he couldn’t stop thinking about Andy.

“I know most people would think I hated him. But I didn’t. All I could think about was my younger brother. He’s done some dumb stuff and I couldn’t imagine how he’d feel if he seriously hurt somebody.”

When Andy was brought to trial, Larry was there. He testified on the other boy’s behalf and begged the jury to show mercy. “He’s already changed my life forever….he knows that and I know it. I don’t want his life to be messed up, too.” Larry explained.

Because of Larry’s compassion, Andy was sentenced to only a year in a juvenile detention center. After that, he’ll be on probation for a few years.

God, when someone else’s decisions impact my life, let me be forgiving and gracious. Not because of me, but because of Jesus and the forgiveness He’s granted me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Tomorrow I’ll share another devotional sample with you! I email the devotionals on the 15th to give you time to download and print if you want to. Don’t forget to join my newsletter so you don’t miss the next installment.

When she’s not sweeping dog hair, experimenting in the kitchen, or doodling on paper, Kim C. Steadman is writing. She is a self-proclaimed cubicle-nation escapee and now lives her childhood dreams. She is a freelance writer, speaker and ministers alongside her family in Grand Prairie, TX. She and her husband care-take acreage which includes woods, fields and critters all of which weave themselves into her writings.

She is the author of The Creative Prayer Journal: A 21-Day Prayer Challenge to Experiencing Meaningful Conversations With God, The Diary of a Recycled Dog and The Creative Keepsake Journal series.

She loves coffee, chocolate, and TexMex food. She also enjoys DIY projects that don’t include power saws & hiking in the mountains. Connect with her on Facebook at KimSteadmanAuthor

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