Today’s reading: Colossians 3:13
We have often witnessed countless acts of forgiveness, and are truly breathtaking. But one thing is forgiving in public and another thing to do it in private. It can be very difficult to forgive someone privately, deep in our hearts. It is very difficult to forgive when someone we love betrays us or insult us. We all go through similar experiences and we need to make a choice: Will we cling to the pain in our hearts or will we forgive the one who has offended us, restoring our communion with him?
The Christian has no alternative. No matter what kind of offense we have received, we cannot grow our bitterness. We must forgive like Jesus, because of his love, he forgave us. The apostle Paul clearly says: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
God is our example of love and forgiveness, and His Spirit ruling in our hearts we will be able to forgive. This should be our prayer: “Lord Jesus, we understand and appreciate the depth of your love, which accepts us and forgives us, Amen.”