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Forgiveness

The Bible says that we are to forgive because we have been forgiven. As Christians, we are commanded to forgive. But forgiveness is to extend beyond the biblical community and reach our enemies. 

 

Ephesians 4:32

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

Matthew 6:14-15

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

One way a biblical community is to be set apart from others is through the quickness and heart to forgive. This is not easy since we all sin and sin against each other. Our words and actions can hurt others, or they could hurt us. So then, let us remember Paul's words to the church in Colossae. 

 

Colossians 3:13 says… 

“…bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

FORGIVENESS IN ACTION

When we wrong someone, we must be quick to ask for forgiveness. Forgiveness is a response to the cross and living proof of God's love and forgiveness. Unforgiveness robs us of joy and peace. Therefore, move out of unforgiveness and into forgiveness. 

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