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After telling us in Colossians 3:12 to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, in verse 13 Paul says, “Bear with each another and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you”. Let’s take a good look at the word forgiveness. It encompasses many feelings, attitudes, and actions. For someone who has been convicted of a crime, to be pardoned is a much desired action on the part of the governor or president. It wipes away the penalty for what one has done. When we forgive like the Lord, we free the offender of guilt for how that person has treated us. What have we given in order to forgive someone who has offended, abused, or hurt us? Remember singing the hymn “What can was away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” He gave his all to forgive our sins. To forgive like Jesus means to absolve others of their actions that have frustrated and angered us. It means that we think no more of it. We bury the hatchet as the old saying goes.
Paul emphasizes forgiveness in this passage of scripture by using three different Greek words that express facets of forgiveness whereas we use one. When we reflect on the Christian characteristics above, we see that they fit right into the spirit of forgiveness. The first one he used has the thrust of enduring patiently. It urges bearing with one another, even suffering in the sense of tolerating. The other word translated forgiveness embodies the attitude of being graceful. It is rooted in the word that we translate as charisma. We might push it a bit and say that Paul is urging us to be charismatic. Some Christian groups use “charismatic” as being filled with the Holy Spirit. When it comes to being forgiving as the Lord has forgiven us, we need to be filled with the Spirit of Christ. The third word he used is derived from the same root as charisma, “be graceful.”
The challenge for us is to reflect the character, the Spirit of Christ in our relationships with one another. We strive not to make an adversary of a brother or sister in Christ. We are challenged not to be mean-spirited. We are challenged to leave behind us the old attitude “I don’t just get even. I get back.” Remember to FORGIVE, FORGIVE, FORGIVE!!! FORGIVE AS THE LORD HAS FORGIVEN YOU.”
God Belss! Fred
Lord, fill us with your Spirit of Grace and Love.
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