“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.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Kings 20-21, 2 Chronicles 17, and Colossians 3.
What a lofty standard!
I can’t even fathom the Lord’s forgiveness of me.
That I can fathom what it even is to forgive someone, shows that my level of forgiveness is zilch compared to what He did for me.
It is so easy to justify being upset with someone. Look what they did to me! They had it coming!
I have often wished that I could collect my words before I said them to prevent saying something I shouldn’t. It might also be nice to have time to recall the way I was forgiven by God when I deal with reactionary possibilities during the day.
But I don’t have either facility UNLESS I am filled with the Holy Spirit. It would enable me to be like Him as I react to things that happen.
Since I often react poorly, it is a clear indication that I am often less-than-filled with the Holy Spirit. That needs to change.
“Lord, fill me with You. Take over every part of me. Forgive me for sinning against You. What love! Your forgiveness is amazing. Fill me with You now, I beg.”
What is my level of forgiveness? Certainly not where it should be by a long shot!
“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
(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Colossians 1-4)
Timely verse for me.
Scripture appears to have no tolerance for hassles among believers. How about hassles among husbands and wives?
A verse of this sort drops the hammer at the end. Early in the verse you create in your head what forgiveness is like. “I’m sorry. I won’t do it again.” At the end of the verse you learn that you are to forgive the way God forgave. That is a completely higher level, don’t you think!
I cannot be consistently Godly without God completely controlling my life. There may be flashes and dashes of it but my consistency in Godliness has its depth in my relationship to Him.
I am told to forgive others the way God forgave me. His forgiveness was unnecessary yet He did it because of His love for me. What mercy!
I was warned via a commentary, that since God has forgiven others of their sins, what would ever suggest that I too shouldn’t forgive them as well? Recall the parable where a person has a huge debt cancelled and then refuses to cancel a debt that is owed to them.
“Lord, I need You. Talk is often cheap on my part. My desperate neediness is a reality. So quickly I fall into sin. So quickly I’m unwilling to bear and forgive as You did and want me to do. I am sorry for that, Lord. Make me mindful of my waywardness. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah!”