Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
“Forgive as the Lord forgave you”… That guy gave up His Son for you when you still thought more of your worldly pleasures than Him. The Lord forgave you without ever needing you to be better on the other side. No requirement to be nicer, more caring, nothing. He forgave you because of His nature. Ephesians 2:4 says it was because of His great love for us. He forgave on the basis of who He is, not based upon who you would turn into, would be, or could be. That is how we are called to forgive. We are called to be offended and disrespected but realize that this is coming from someones complete brokenness. We look upon them and embrace them. We share the unfathomable love Christ has displayed towards us. When that is done humbly and purely people see God’s light shine through you. When you agape love someone you present yourself as a window into the character of God so that God’s reconciliation and compassion can be physically experienced by someone.
As we said yesterday, God is making a petition to the world through you. You are the window through which people will see God enter their lives and physically embrace them, cherish them, and implore them to be reconciled to Him. We show compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Unconditionally. Christ should flow from our being.
Spend 1-2 minutes thanking God that His unfathomable grace and forgiveness was poured out on you. Then spend 2-3 minutes asking Him to help you forgive others.
- Pray for God to help you be as merciful as He is.
- Most people I talk with have someone they are still bitter towards. Start praying for God to help you with that forgiveness.