“Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you so you also must do.” – Colossians 3:13
Perhaps you consider yourself a forgiving person, but you are now facing someone whom you cannot forgive. Whenever you struggle to forgive, you need to revisit what you were like when God forgave you. Ephesians 2 indicates you were a “foreigner” and a child of wrath.” Yet God forgave your most grievous sin and rebellion against Him. While you were still rejecting God, Christ dies for you (Rom 5:8). This being so, how can you refuse to forgive those who sin against you? Forgiveness is not a spiritual gift, a skill, or an inherited trait. Forgiveness is a choice. Jesus looked down on those who had ruthlessly and mockingly nailed Him to a cross yet He cried out: “Gather, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34). How, then, can we refuse to forgive those who have committed offenses against us?
As we truly understand God’s gracious forgiveness in our lives, we will naturally want to express this same forgiveness to others (Eph 4:32; Col 3:13). Before you ask God for His forgiveness, take a moment to examine the condition of your relationships. Would you want God to forgive you in the same way you are presently forgiving others?
-Experiencing God Day by Day