2. “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossian 3:13NIV).
How do we forgive as the Lord forgave us? Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, God has forgiven us completely of all sins, past, present and future. As Paul reminded us in verse 12 above, this makes us chosen, set apart, and loved. These graces bestowed upon us bring a solemn responsibility to forgive others.
As we forgive, it’s important to remember that forgiveness does not condone the offender’s bad behavior, but brings healing and restoration to the one harmed by evil and hurtful actions. Forgiveness is a strange gift that can only be opened by giving it away.