If one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. – Colossians 3:13 ESV
Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins. Without the shedding of his blood, we would not be able to be reconciled with Christ. No matter how many times I go astray or sin against God, I know I’m forgiven. Colossians 3:13 instructs us to forgive those who have offended us or done us wrong. Forgiving others may not change the outcome, but forgiveness leads to freedom in our hearts. Freedom from bitterness and envy can help us to move forward with boldness.
When we hold grudges for a long time, it keeps us from fully experiencing relationships to the fullest. While there are situations that have caused us intense pain and anguish, I encourage you to pray to God for wisdom, healing, and courage to forgive. We can’t forgive within our own strength, but must rely on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us. God will provide the words, space and time needed to do so, but we must first surrender. God will guide and direct us on the road to forgiveness.
Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to die on the Cross for the forgiveness of my sin. Thank you for continually forgiving me daily. Please forgive me for times when my heart has been hardened and I have lived with bitterness. I ask that you would give me the courage, wisdom, and boldness to forgive those who have hurt me. Thank you for the freedom that is available to me in Christ. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Name one person that you are desiring to forgive. Ask God for wisdom to do so.