We began this month focusing on forgiveness as part of our theme CHOOSE taken from Colossians 3:12. Ephesians 4:31-5:2 reminds us what God expects from us as His chosen. We are to get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling, and slander, along with every form of malice; we are to be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God has forgiven us; we are to be imitators of God as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. In other words, our lives should spill over and reflect compassion, kindness, and love not bitterness, anger, and malice.
Amy Carmichael (missionary to Japan) wrote, “For a cup, brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water however suddenly jolted. If it is full of sweet water and is jolted, what will come out of the cup? Sweet water. If you gave it a harder jolt, what’s going to happen? More sweet water. If someone is filled with sweet water and someone else gives him a jolt, what will come out? Sweet water. Jolts do not turn sweet water into bitter water. That is done by something else. Jolts only bring out of the container what’s already in the container. If you’re filled with sweetness and light, and you get jolted, you’re going to spill sweetness and light.” May it be so among God’s children that our lives, no matter how much they are jolted, would spill out compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness.