Colossians 3:13 – Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (NIV).
Mercy culminates with forgiving as the Lord forgave us. His forgiveness is four-fold. (I’m going to cover them all one day at a time.) The first step is to make the decision to forgive.
God the Father did not force Jesus to be crucified, nor was He the victim of a homocide. He willingly gave up His life as a ransom for many. Wow, I’m so thankful that Jesus did not flake out on us!
Choosing to forgive is tough when you’ve been hurt deeply or repeatedly, but withholding forgiveness is always wrong. It doesn’t matter if you’re justified. The decision to forgive initiates when you relinquish your right to be right.
Make the decision to forgive today. Doing so doesn’t legitimize the wrong you’ve suffered, nor does it heal the hurt. But it is the first step toward recovery, and it must be taken.
Ephesians 4:32 – Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (NIV).
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