The past event in Tucson is untimely. I extent a heartfelt sympathy prayer to the victims and accused families effected by what happen during yesterdays “congress at your doorstep” event.
This nation is so quick to offer condolence to victims of a senseless act. Which is the correct thing however, we must remember in the heat of the moment, we must not neglect the accused families as well. No matter what their politics might be. In a time like this, we ask for apologies from all aspects of the political divide. We must not forget that forgiveness be our concern as well.
Matthew and other faithful people for God teach us that if we refuse to forgive others, God will also refuse to forgive us. For we share a common ground in sin and as sinners, we need God’s forgiveness always. This is not the time for venting anger, for it gives a foothold to the Devil. Begin using your words of reconciliation not abusive language about the reasons behind the event in Tucson yesterday, rather useful words to close the political divide and give encouragement to those who hear them.
Ephesians 4 31-32 directs us best. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” It easy to ask God to forgive us for sin, we should ask, Have I forgiven the people who have wronged me?