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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Forgiveness: Do We Deserve It?

"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)

We all need forgiveness. Each and every one of us.

But, do we deserve it?
Do the people that hurt us deserve it?

To be honest, the answer to both of those questions is: No. We and the people that hurt us really don't deserve to be forgiven, but Jesus commands us to forgive ourselves and others. You're probably familiar to the verse, "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Leviticus 19:18 NIV) But are you also familiar with the verse, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." (Matthew 5:44 NIV)

We should forgive as the Lord forgave us. Note that we should forgive, present tense, and the Lord forgave, past tense. Meaning? God already forgave us! Isn't that amazing?

"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." (Ephesians 4:32 NIV)

Notice again: Forgiving, present tense; forgave, past tense. We need to forgive as God as has already forgiven us.

Forgiveness in Greek means "to let go." (Info) So, let go of the grudge against the person that hurt you. As Mark 11:25 says, "And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins."

God bless your week!

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