Forgiving Each Other
Jonathon Woodyard, Pastor, Northfield Comm., Northfield MN
Read Ephesians 4:32 and Colossians 3:12-13
"As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive."
Colossians 3:13 (ESV)
We live in a fallen world. That means we live in a world filled with people who are sinful. Live long enough and someone, somewhere, at some time, will sin against you. Whether it is your mom or dad, your husband or wife, a friend or co-worker, or even a stranger...at some point in your life you'll be sinned against.
How will you respond? If you're a Christian, you're called to respond in the same way God has responded to you: with forgiveness.
You and I have sinned against the God who created us. How did he respond to our sin? He sent his Son Jesus. That's why Paul calls the Ephesians and Colossians to forgive. We forgive others because God has forgiven us in Christ.
As you go through life and interact with others, ask God to empower you by his Spirit to lead a life marked by forgiveness. God has lavished on us grace and mercy. Therefore,may you and I do the same for others.
PRAYER: Lord, create in me a heart that is full of grace and mercy. Remind me each day of the grace and mercy I've received in Jesus Christ. Help me to forgive those who sin against me as you have forgiven me for my sins against you. And as I forgive others, may my life point those around me to the forgiveness found in Jesus Christ.