Bagels and Forgiveness

Okay, this being my first devotional for and all, I wanted to make it really good, and impressive, so I tried coming up with all these cool analogies and deep thought, that were inspiration and at the same time, comical. Then I realized I was lame and that G-d is the one speaking and I am just going to be rambling on if I try to do this all on my own. So here is my story that ties into what G-d, not I, have to say:

Today, for lunch I went to this bagel caf?? by my church, First Covenant Church of Sacramento (PLUG!), and I ordered a pizza bagel. In the description of the bagel it said, “Garlic Butter and Cheese?. So I got it, I was running late and didn’t have time to look at it; I just put it in the bag and took off. When I got to church I realized, “Crap! There’s meat on this! Pepperoni, to be exact!? (P.S. I?m a vegetarian). So I was very up set to say the least.

My friend Noah saw there was meat on it and that I wasn’t going to eat it so he asked if I wanted to sell it, I said yes. Noah took a BIG bite out of it and said, with a mouth full, “MMM, good. How much??

"I paid $4, so just give me that."
`Noah placed the bagel back into the bag and said, “Are you kidding? I can’t afford that.”

I was so mad! How was I going to sell the bagel now?! No one was going to buy it with a fat chunk bitten out of it! I just sat there in my anger for the rest of the meeting we were in. Until, our leader, Josiah, read this verse and these is where it all ties together:

?Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4: 31 ” 32

Josiah read this not ten seconds after I got all mad at Noah, and over a stupid bagel and $4! I got all worked up over a stinkin? bagel! I wouldn’t forgive Noah for taking a bite of my $4 bagel, but Christ would totally forgive me if He had a bagel and I took a bite of it, and then punched Him in His face or something like that. How lame am I?!?!?! How lame are we?!?! We harden our hearts towards whoever it may be over the most childish and pitiful things, when Christ opens up His heart when we do things so much worse.

My challenge to all of you reading this is to think. Think before the next time you get all pissed (will Bryce let me say that?) off over someone cutting you off on the freeway or your sister borrowing your black eyeliner and not returning it (directed to guys or girls). Think about the stupid stuff you do daily to Christ, and yet, He forgives. How much more undeserving are we of that forgiveness???

Guest Writer