Forgive as You Have Been Forgiven - Your Daily Forward Devotional

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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Preach! That's exactly what I'm thinking! I never want that bitter resentment living in my heart! So.....just forgive...set yourself free....but...just never forget about it!! Let it be a lesson learned and live your life for the Lord!
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!!!
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!!♥️🙏
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.
We nust keep forguving like God and Jesus did to us.
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?
Amen! Lord, Help me to Forgive Others as you have Forgiven me!
How so true it is, especially the part where the one offended does not realise that the longer it takes to forgive the offender the more he or she is filled with bitter resentment and in the end thats whats going to hurt him or her most. He or she also becomes more vulnerable to the exploits of the devil.
When someone hurts us or does us wrong we must Forgive them, for if we do do not it remains to only hurt us not the person. We are to let go Surrender all to Jesus in Prayer that means all hurt pain, burdens, anger, resentment. We we truly let go surrendering all to Jesus that pain will go as fast as the hurt came. There is only "One" who controls our emotions and that is Jesus. If you surrender all to Him you are free from all things. Each new day our number 1 goal should be to become more like Jesus in every way. To do as He did and remains to do each new day. We are to imitate Jesus in our every day beautiful life He gave us back through Him! Yes we are humans just as Jesus was thus His example of living life should always be ours. When you hold on to anger it only hurts you again never allow anyone to control your emotions. Father as Your children we often forget that it is easier to forgive than to hold on what we should give to You to handle. As You tell us to let go give surrender all to You. Father we know it is not easy but as well we know to abide in You we must remember Forgiveness is a must. If we can not forgive how can we ask You to forgive us. Lord I pray You would Bless anyone who is struggling with Forgiveness Please touch their heart with Your Healing hand to remind them You are our Hope, Faith, Strength, Trust, Love and Light. Please Father wash away all anger and resentment from their hearts to know if they let go give it all to You. Then and only then will true Forgiveness set it. Thank You Lord in Jesus name Amen
It seems I keep coming across this subject, forgiveness. Every time I open my bible, or begin working on a study, forgiveness comes up. I'm thinking God is trying to get me to do the forgiving. I know I have a hard time in forgiving and letting go of things. I still hold on to some things very tight. I am learning little by little to let go. I can be very stubborn. Thank you for this, I needed to be reminded.
Amen so true ..
Larry I really enjoy n your posts on here. We seem to have the same style....I love your attitude and always take something away from what you write... Good bless you.. and thanks for being part of the BTTB/GT family!!! I don't often start posts on this section. But I like to read what others say and comment and I feel like I can relate to every post you share! Peace be with You, my Brother in Christ 😇
Thanks for your wisdom and knowledge Pastor. If I have sinned against our Lord or against others, I ask for God's forgiveness. I will continues to read God's Word for wisdom and understanding.
Amen
Help me to forgive those who have wrong me in various ways in your name I pray
I forgive all in my heart. I need forgiveness. It seems repentance is also necessary, though not spoken if here.
Lord, I am a sinner and have numerusly fallen short of forgiveness to all. Please accept my sincere apologies and I ask that You forgive me for my sins. I do not want to displease You. Give me the strength and wisdom to be humble and do Your will. You know what is best. Thank You Lord. In Your Son Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Amen
Praise his holy name, Thank you lord for forgiven us all our sin.
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God through Christ.
Amen
Thank You Lord Jesus for everything you've done for us so we are all so greatful for you we owe you all the Praise Glory and Honor in Jesus'name I pray Amen 🙏
Thank you, Lord. Amen.
If we recite the Lord’s Prayer daily, we affirm this lesson...”...forgive us our trespasses (debts) as we forgive those...” Yes, being a servant of Jesus Christ demands that by grace, we learn to genuinely forgive. And, no it is not easy. We do, however, have the most profound model to emulate, as our Christ was nailed to a cross and left to suffocate for our sins.... Amen.
Lord Matthew needs a miracle. Please Lord heal him.
Jesus thank you for forgiving us of our sins !!!
Jesus we 💕💕💕 you ❤️❤️❤️
Jesus please help us 🙏🙏🙏
I definitely have trouble in this area. Needed this devotion. Thank You Lord for Your gentle reminder. Amen! 🙏🏻💗
I have come to the conclusion that the LORD uses the people who are offending me as sandpaper to smooth the edges of my character and conform me to the image of Christ. In other words, they're not the problem but part of the solution.
How have you been hurt? Did you not get what you deserved or did someone take something that was yours? Did someone break their commitment to you? Or were you hurt spiritually or physically? Was it just unfair? These and other things make us angry and mad which affect our thinking and behavior. Jesus knows all of them and has permitted them into your life. He wants to make us like him. Love means to forgive. Jesus loves us and he shows it best by forgiving us. If we are to be like him we must forgive others. It is not a suggestion but a requirement for becoming a child of God. Holy Spirit help us to see like Jesus sees and be able to forgive others and become like him For your glory Jesus. Amen
Forgiving the one who offends does not always remove the hurt, but it paves the way for healing.