“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” -Colossians 3:13
Forgiving others is not always an easy thing to do. But as children of God, it’s something that we must do. This scripture doesn’t say “Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you should try/if you want to forgive others.” It says “so you must forgive others.” Sometimes it can be easier, sometimes forgiving someone doesn’t take a lot out of you. But other times it can feel like an impossible thing to do. Maybe someone hurt you, offended you, betrayed you so bad that not even the word forgiveness itself walks across your mind. “They don’t deserve forgiveness.” or “If you do this to me, I will never forgive you.” or “That is unforgivable.” These are phrases we hear and even say ourselves. People hurt people. That’s just the honest truth of this world. And it can bring a lot of grief or pain. But let’s never forget that we have a God who is the source of strength, our strong tower, our comfort. Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8) And to know Him is to know that we don’t have to live with our pain. He is the one who sets you free. He is the one changes your mourning into dance. He is the one who shows you the greatest love of all. And fills you with the greatest love of all. A love that brings peace and forgiveness.
Think of all the times that we’ve failed God or turned our backs to Him with our actions. And when we fell humbly before Him, he didn’t turn His back on us, He forgave. And even lifted us back up. Why? Because He love us. That’s how great His love is, so great that He forgives us. And don’t we want to be more like Him?