February 11, 2021
The Forgiveness Factor
Colossians 3:13 (KJV) Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
True forgiveness is hard work, but it is not as challenging as it may seem for softened souls on the same page with God. What do I mean? A spiritually regenerated soul naturally desires to please God. Pleasing God includes forbearing and forgiving others.
You might claim that voicing about forgiveness and longsuffering, teaching it to others, or writing about it in a devotional is easy. However, putting words into action towards another is another battle altogether. But, you see, God would not expect us to forgive others if it were next to impossible to bring about in one’s life. In fact, as this verse eloquently states, God desires that we choose to forgive others even as He has forgiven us. Maybe you gulped here at the thought of forgiving another individual who has wronged you over and over again. How can you possibly forgive and forget what this person has done to you, you ask? We often want to capture wrongs into our memory bank to pull them out anytime we want and play them repeatedly, like a movie in our mind.
However, God wants us to forbear, forgive, and to forget the offense. Or in other words, turn the movie off!
Perhaps you do not realize that one of the most significant forgiveness tests is to forbear an enemy rather than a perceived friend. Just think about Jesus for a moment and His willingness to forgive Judas, who wronged Him, and, more significantly, to forgive you for your multitude of sin against God.
There, right in this verse of scripture, can you see it, God’s great forgiveness factor rests upon what Christ has done for us. Yes, forbearing another and choosing to forgive wrong hinges on the state of our personal relationship with God, for it is in His power and direction that a person can offer forbearing and forgiveness. It is all about Him and His power, not us!
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