“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ ‘The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
– Matthew 27:35-40
Yesterday, we talked about how forgiveness takes time. Today, I want to share a third and final thing that will help you as you seek reconciliation in your life: ask forgiveness from the least of these.
Naturally, you are going to ask forgiveness from your spouse, best friends and the other people you deem most important in your life. However, it may not occur to you to seek the pardon of the ones the world may consider “the least of these.” For instance, how many of you have asked forgiveness of your children? Or how about the annoying guy in the office who is rude to everybody that you lashed out at in their defense? Or what about your employees? Whoever it is, learning to humble yourself to them is an important part of being a believer.
I remember not long ago, my daughter, Haven, who’s eight years-old, told me a secret. To me, it was a silly thing, so I ended up mentioning it to someone else and she found out. She came to me and said, “Daddy, I told you to keep it a secret.” We even pinky-promised. I felt bad, so later in the day, I made it a point to go and sit with her, and I said, “Haven, I’m so sorry. Will you forgive me?” Then she gave me a big hug and kind of nodded, so I knew we were good.
Remember, things like this are important. Children need these kinds messages from adults, mentors and teachers; we’re never too big for our britches. More than anything, we must learn that God is merciful and that He loves everyone, even those we consider the least important. When you show mercy to the ones you feel don’t deserve it, God will shine through you and your walk with Him will rise to new heights!
Jesus, teach me humble myself to the least of these, even those who may seem the most insignificant.
Who are “the least of these” you need to ask forgiveness of?