"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." - Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
Forgiveness is one of the most powerful things we can do as Christians. It has the power to heal relationships, restore brokenness, and bring freedom to our souls. Yet, forgiveness is also one of the most difficult things we can do.
When we've been wronged by someone, our natural response is often to hold onto bitterness, anger, and resentment. We might think that by holding onto these negative emotions, we're somehow punishing the person who hurt us. But the truth is, we're only hurting ourselves.
In Colossians 3:13, we're told to "Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." This is a powerful reminder that we are called to forgive others, just as God has forgiven us.
When we choose to forgive someone, we're not excusing their behavior or pretending that it didn't happen. Instead, we're choosing to release the hold that their actions have on us. We're choosing to let go of bitterness and anger, and to instead extend grace and mercy. Forgiveness isn't always easy, but it is always worth it. When we choose to forgive, we're setting ourselves free from the chains of unforgiveness. We're also opening the door to healing and restoration in our relationships.
If you're struggling to forgive someone today, we want to encourage you to turn to God for help. Ask Him to give you the strength and the grace to forgive. Remember that forgiveness is not a one-time event, but a process that takes time and effort. But as you choose to forgive, you'll find that God's healing power can transform even the most broken relationships.\
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the power of forgiveness. Help us to forgive others as you have forgiven us. Give us the strength and the grace to let go of bitterness and anger, and to extend grace and mercy to those who have wronged us. We trust you to bring healing and restoration to our relationships, and we thank you for your faithfulness. In Jesus' name, amen.
Devotional by Shawn & Shanon (Yeshu Ke Geet)