Colossians 3:13 (NASB) bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

The Bible’s central theme is God seeking and saving those in dire need of forgiveness. Jesus willingly died on the cross for you and me, even though we often don’t feel a need to be forgiven. And even though, you and I all too often continue to exhibit a rebel­lious nature. Through faith in Jesus, God forgives us in spite of ourselves.

But there’s more people of God: The Lord’s forgiveness is a creative force. It spills out to you when you receive it and affects every one of your human relationships. You see, forgiveness is both a gift and a command of God. Is there someone in your life you need to forgive? Or do you need to forgive yourself? Or how about maybe someone needs to forgive you?

It’s God’s gift to us that allows us to have everlasting life; at the same time, God tells us He won’t extend that forgiveness to us if we’re not willing to forgive others or even ourselves! Remember, forgiveness is where the rubber meets the road in life, it’s not easy but it is vital to being wholesome in God!

Quote: C.S. Lewis “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, my own rebellious nature makes forgiveness so hard but your Holy Spirit who lives inside my heart empowers me to let go and forgive. I depend on you Lord to help me to forgive those who have hurt me, and those I may have hurt. In Jesus name, Amen.

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