“… forgive each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (Col.3:13)
One of the most basic, but powerful teachings of our faith is simply this: God forgives. He cancels the debt owed to Him because of our sin. The power of the gospel lies in the fact that, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, God removed, once and for all, the guilt and punishment for sin. Forever. And ever. Aren’t you thankful? But God didn’t stop right there. Instead, He goes on to command us to likewise forgive each other, as He has forgiven us. Dang. Now that is hard to do. As C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.”
Forgiveness is a lovely idea . . . when we are in need of it. But it also is a command from God. And a crystal clear one at that. We must forgive others. Regardless of whether they deserve it. Having a hard time forgiving someone? Remember what Christ did for you. The search for forgiveness ends when you find Christ. You want to find a person who praises God with passion and zeal? Look for the one who grasps what it means to have their sins removed as far as the east is from the west.
Personal Application: As you think of forgiveness, is there a person who quickly comes to mind that you just can’t seem to forgive? Pray that God will serve you the grace and strength you need to obey His command to forgive.
Who do you need to forgive?
Devotional written by Clay Barton