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FORGIVENESS

KINSE MINSCHKE

Colossians 3:12-13

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

 There is so much evil in this world we live in. It seems like every day I hear about a new bombing, murder, drive-by shooting, war, and the list goes on. I have also heard people say things that are so awful they can be just as evil as the acts that these people are choosing to do.

Here is the hard truth: God calls us to love and forgive these people, not to say hateful and spiteful words about them. Crazy, huh? This is so ridiculously countercultural, but it is something so important. Forgiving them doesn’t mean you support what they do, and it is okay to get righteously angry about evil, but you still must forgive them, or the hatred harboring in your heart will only keep growing.

We, too, are sinners in need of forgiveness which God has so graciously given us, so who are we to say who deserves forgiveness and who doesn’t. After all, we didn’t deserve it either. If you are holding on to anger towards someone right now, ask God to soften your heart and help you forgive them. When you do, you will feel an incredible weight lifted off your shoulders because revenge and retribution are not ours to give; they are for God and God alone. Don’t allow a grudge or an unforgiving heart to kill your soul; find freedom in forgiveness.

QUESTION 1. Who are you harboring anger against in your heart? What good is it doing you to not forgive them?
QUESTION 2. Do you deserve to be forgiven? Then why don’t they?
CHALLENGE: If there is someone you need to forgive, go to God and ask for a change of heart, and for the ability to forgive them just as he forgave you.