As He Has

God has been good to you. He has given generously towards you giving you more than you can ask, think, or imagine. He has been merciful beyond measure towards you. He has forgiven you freely. He has loved you patiently. He loved you in your moments when you were unlovable by most. He loved you while you were a sinner.

We meditate on these truths. We rejoice in these truths. And then we emulate these truths. We in turn give generously to those around us. We show mercy and are quick to forgive others. We love patiently those whom we consider unlovable. We love people dripping in their sin. We become His hands and feet, giving as He has given, showing mercy as it has been shown to us, forgiving freely, loving unconditionally. Not out of our self-will but out gratitude for what has been done for us.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. (2 Peter 1:5-9 NIV)