Tuesday, September 10, 2013

OMTL Day 10: "Ocean"

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
         --Ephesians 4:26-27

Recently I watched a "60 Minutes" episode about extreme free divers who go down hundreds of feet without an oxygen tank. I saw actual footage of people diving down into the ocean depths wearing nothing but goggles and a bathing suit, diving down, down, down -- 200 feet, 300 feet -- one guy even made it past 400 feet! Without scuba gear!

I was blown away. Glued to the TV. And yet, despite how amazing this is, these people are barely even scratching the surface of how deep the ocean actually is. 

The record-holder who went down 400 feet? He would have had to go down 40 times that far to touch the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean! 

Or if the boat had let him out over the Mariana Trench, in the middle of the Pacific -- he would have had to go down almost 100 times as far. 

Consider the depth of the ocean. It's beyond our comprehension. Think about the vastness of the ocean. It covers three-fourths of the surface of the earth. Scientists can measure that, but individual humans can't really imagine it. 

God's love is like the ocean. Like the old hymn says, it's "vast, unmeasured, boundless, free." No matter how deep we dive into it, we are barely scratching the surface. 

God's forgiveness is like the ocean. The prophet Micah said that God will "hurl our iniquities into the depths of the ocean" (Micah 7:19). 

Now here's the thing. If you've experienced God's love, you need to share it with others. If you've experienced God's forgiveness, you need to forgive others. Today's Scripture from Ephesians is only one example of verses throughout the Bible that call us to relational health, forgiveness, working things out, and living at peace with the people in our lives. 

And the more you dive into the ocean of God's love and forgiveness--the deeper you go--the more you will be able to love and forgive others. 

Who do you need to forgive? Who do you need to go to and resolve an issue? Paul, in Ephesians 4, says do it now, "before the sun goes down." So take a moment to pray and get in touch with the ocean of God's love. Ask God for strength to do what must be done. Then pick up the phone and set up a time to talk. Or write a note (no e-mail, no Facebook). Or just go to the person and say, "I want us to work this out." 

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