Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Colossians 3:13 NLT
As we consider our personal goals for a new year perhaps this should be near the top of the list. What could happen in our lives if we really put this verse into practice? What if we decided we were going to “make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you?” Could we make a decision right now that whatever anyone says or does, we choose to forgive? We refuse to carry a grudge. We refuse to bring up past failures. We refuse to plot our revenge. We refuse to wait until they ask for forgiveness. We refuse to carry the weight of unforgiveness. Paul adds a statement to help us navigate the injustices that will come against us. He reminds us that God has forgiven us. It is easy to forget how much grace and mercy we have been shown. We often forget that God loved us and sent Jesus to die for our sins way before we confessed and repented of our sins. This was done before we made a decision to ask for forgiveness. Our Father God gave us forgiveness out of love. Satan works really hard to divide the family of God. He plants seeds of discontent and division. He wants us to be divided and choose sides and attack each other. Our Heavenly Father wants us to live in peace with each other. To accept each other’s imperfections, weaknesses, and failures. And to love each other the same way He has loved us. Let’s start the new year with a clean slate. No unforgiveness in our backpack.
Holy Spirit help me to acknowledge any unforgiveness in my life. Help me to give those to You and release forgiveness.
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