Kobe Bryant, Hate, Forgiveness, Love

 Forgive us Our Trespasses, as we Forgive those who Trespass against Us. – Matthew 6:12

The basketball career of Kobe Bryant has come to a close as the five time NBA champion has retired.

However, the intense hostility fear, anger, sense of injury and hate has not been retired by the many NBA fans who basked in the glory of rooting against Kobe.

Clearly the Lord understands that we will “Trespasse” against people in our lives.  Those wrongs that we commit against people by thought word and deed will and can create the animosity that can unlike the fans of Kobe will destroy not only our relationships but our lives.

Unless we forgive.

God has set the forgiveness standard as He forgives us freely and without condition. However, for us to receive the full measure of God’s grace of forgiveness we must also forgive as Luke 6: 37 tells us: Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. 

Which brings us back to Kobe and takes us to me.  In the video below the clever people at Nike capitalizes on the hate fans have for the Black Moomba encouraging them to keep on hating the player as he exits the center stage.

While encouraging good old fashion hate is a great ad campaign that will sell a bunch of shoes, it is not something we can do in our lives.

Recently I committed a trespasses against someone in my life.   I violated a trust, I lied, I acted in ways not congruent with the expectations of a person who proclaims that he is a Man of God.

Of a greater wrong is the fact that I have not asked forgiveness from the Lord nor have I come clean directly to the person I have wronged not even to say I am sorry.

My actions have clearly caused anguish, pain and hurt with the person I have wronged —– but especially in me. Why? Because I have not forgiven myself.

God forgives freely and without condition, out of pure grace, there is no sin that He will not forgive.

Therefore, if God can forgive us for any sin.  Why is it we are not forgiving ourselves?

A Prayer Of Forgiveness

Dear Heavenly Father

I come to you with a confused mind, a wounded heart and a disappointed soul.  I have sinned against one of your children and have done wrong.

I very sorry for my misdoings and I ask your forgiveness.  I ask that you give me clarity of mind heart and soul so that I may forgive myself.

I ask you for the courage, grace and the right words to come to the one I sinned in person to explain myself and to ask for forgiveness.

Giving some measure of rightness to what I have done wrong.

Dear Heavenly Father

I praise you, I honor you, I love you and I thank you for the opportunity set by your example of forgiveness for myself and the one that I wronged.

I pray all of these things in your son Jesus name. — Amen

Happy retirement Kobe, yes while it is true I loved to hate you. As a basketball fan I loved your game. The relentless drive to be the best, the endless dedication to your craft which made you a true champion.

For all of this and so much more I have to say thank you for twenty years of greatness.  And oh by the way I forgive you for hitting all of those big shot against my Atlanta Hawks!






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