Encouragement from Trinity Vineyard Church

Forgiven to Forgive

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13

Motion causes friction. Doing life with real people can generate feelings of irritability and agitation. Real people in real life can get on your nerves at times. Our self-absorbed society elevates relational strife. Our proclivity toward selfishness accelerates the relational turmoil.

Followers of Jesus are not exempt from relational challenges. Every church family experiences tension, jealousy, and relational drift. We combat the tendency to turn inward and neglect relationships. Self-preservation prevents us from experiencing the depth of meaningful relationships God has for us.

Perpetual forgiveness and bearing with each other are required for maintaining unity. If you have a grievance against someone, release it! If you have been fertilizing a spirit of un-forgiveness, renounce it! Forgive others just as Jesus has forgiven you.

Don’t forget about the forgiveness you have received in your lifetime. Calculate the grace, mercy, and compassion that Jesus has lavished on you. Think about where you would be without His forgiveness. Your sin has been placed as far as the east is from the west. Your sin has been placed in the sea of forgetfulness. You are totally forgiven. You have been set free!

Now, choose to forgive others as God has chosen to forgive you. Let others experience your forgiveness in the same degree upon which you have experienced the forgiveness of Jesus.

In prayer, visit the scene of the cross. Picture for a moment the Lord Jesus on the cross paying for your sin. Consider the weight of taking on the full wrath of God for your sin. Jesus did that for you. Would you be willing to extend forgiveness to others in response to the forgiveness Jesus extended to you?

April 29, 2021, free, Ordonez Lasso in the River Side Building next door to Home Vega, Cuenca.

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