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Forgive as You Have Been Forgiven

 

April 27

 

Read Colossians 3:12-13 (ESV)

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

 

Reflect

Why do you think it is so difficult for us to forgive someone? Regardless, why does Paul say that we must forgive others?

 

For most of us, forgiveness is not something that comes naturally. When we’ve been wronged, some of us are quick to retaliate. After all, we aren’t just going to stand there and take it. If someone hurt us, we’ll hurt them right back. Others of us can hold a grudge and nurse a wound for an extremely unhealthy length of time. We relive the hurt over and over again and repeatedly recite the wrong that was committed. We can’t let the perpetrator off the hook because what they did to us was wrong! The problem is, the longer we keep them on the hook, the longer we keep ourselves on the hook, too.

 

But in today’s verse, Paul says that the solution is not found in retaliation or in clinging to bitter resentment. The solution to wrongdoing is forgiveness. Why? Because the Lord has forgiven us.

 

When we’ve been wronged, often the only thing that comes to mind is the sin of the person who hurt us. In our minds, they are the ones who are sinful. They are the ones who should be ashamed of themselves. But the truth is? While they may be the one who sinned in this circumstance, we are all sinners. Chances are, you have also hurt someone just as deeply by your own actions.

 

Yes, we are all sinners. But Paul refers to us here as “God’s chosen ones.” Despite our sins, God chose us and offered us mercy and grace. Romans 5:8 says that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” As people who have been recipients of His undeserved favor, Paul says that we should also “put on” His graciousness and bestow it upon others whether we think they are deserving or not.

 

Because God met us with compassion and kindness, we should also offer compassion and kindness to others. By putting on humility and removing pride, we can offer others patience and respond to others with gentleness. Because God has been long-suffering and has put up with us for way longer than we deserve, we can patiently bear with one another. And because we have been forgiven by God for the sins we have committed against Him and against others, we can offer forgiveness to those who have sinned against us.

 

Friends, it may not be easy to forgive others. But when we truly understand our own sinfulness and our own need for forgiveness, it will be easier to offer forgiveness to our fellow man.

 

Pray

Jesus, I admit that I struggle with forgiving people who have sinned against me. And yet I realize that I have sinned against You and against others numerous times and in many ways. Because you have forgiven me for my transgressions, help me to extend the same forgiveness to others. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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a month ago
Amen! Thank you Pastor for such enlightenment. Well said! Lord Jesus keep me strong as I find it easy to forgive. While perpetrators return. Give me grace, amen
3 months ago
Lord Jesus, You are the one, true and living God who hears and answers prayer. And Lord, my friend Janice needs You to turn toward her in mercy. Please send her Your divine help for the situation that she's in for You alone knows her from beginning to end.
3 months ago
We nust keep forguving like God and Jesus did to us.
3 months ago
How many times are we to forgive? My future daughter and son-in-law, who are both grown adults, have been living scot-free for almost 2 years. In the past 6 months they have stolen the full size gas cook stove, a riding lawn mower, and a brand new log splitter and sold them for money for booze. They have stolen parts of and antique truck body and they swapped brand new tires off my pick-up and put them on their truck. They even pulled the mattress and box springs off my fiancé's bed and put it in the floor in the living room. They got a puppy and didn't house break it. I refuse to go up there because I can not live in filth. I held on to anger and resentment for a long time. That has finally gone. My fiancé is laid off because of COVID and we are living off of his unemployment and my Social Security. We are sharing a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment, temporarily because I had total knee replacement and in January 2021 emergency back surgery. We do not even share the same bathroom nor the same bed. But, I'm having a really hard time with forgiveness. They know exactly what they are doing. They refuse to pay any of the bills. Now what?
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3 months ago
Oh and 1 more thing...I kicked my daughter out about 2 years ago! If she couldn't live here by my rules and be respectful of me and my husband then she and her boyfriend had to go! So..sometimesyou just have to put your foot down and say HEY that's enough....Get Out!!!
3 months ago
I hear you loud and clear friend! I deal with alot of the same issues from my oldest daughter who is still on drugs....she is almost 35 years old now. But I really think that if I forgive her and all the other scum bags that have hurt me over the years....it will set me free! I don't want to hold on to resentment and be a bitter old woman. I just want to be forgiven and have peace in my heart that one day.....one glorious day that I will meet Jesus! Oh what a day that will be! Prayers and hugs!!♥️🙏
3 months ago
Amen! Lord, Help me to Forgive Others as you have Forgiven me!
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