Forgiveness of Others

Colossians 3:13-14
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 

It’s Monday.  Chances are, this week you are going to be required to spend time, either personally or professionally, with someone who grates your nerves or someone who has hurt you in the past.  It can be easy for us to go into these relationships with cold shoulders and our guards up.
However, you are one of God’s chosen people. You are considered holy and dearly loved by the One who created the universe.  So pray that the Holy Spirit will clothe you with the virtues of Jesus.  It is not something we can will ourselves to do.  It takes place as the Holy Spirit transforms us to be more like Christ. (That’s called sanctification in theological terms).

So when you are confronted with that relationship this week, don’t stress or dwell on the past.  Pray that you will have the love of God strengthened in your spirit to “bear with each other and forgive one another.”  When we do this, others notice. It is a way that God’s Kingdom is built in our ordinary lives because people know that in our own strength, forgiveness and patience are often impossible.  But with God, all things are possible and living out His love points others to Christ!

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