Every time we forget who we are in Christ, we face a crisis. I’m not just talking about an identity crisis. I mean a full-blown disaster. I knew a family which got involved in a big fight. I asked them what was going on and learned one side wouldn’t speak to the other.

When I found out what the family was fighting about, I was annoyed. The issue wasn’t even worth fighting over. I told them, “You can’t let yourself get that way.” When people mistreat us, we can’t let it hurt us. Instead, we should pray that God would help us be forgiving people.

This becomes a problem when we forget our identity in Christ. We forget we’re children of the King of Kings. We forget He loves, accepts, and forgives us unconditionally. Most importantly, we forget our purpose to glorify Him. As soon as this happens, crisis hits because we take mistreatment personally instead of letting God deal with it.

Has someone offended you lately? Maybe a friend said something that rubbed you the wrong way, or your spouse’s kidding went too far. You may remember the last time your neighbor did something to hurt you. God’s purpose for your life is too big to be hindered by petty offenses. Forgive the person and move on. Remember your identity, and you’ll avoid many crises.

Forgive or relive. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder