Our scripture this morning is Colossians 3:12-15.

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.

Paul calls us to unity in Christ with each other through “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” These graces allow us to forgive and receive forgiveness, which is essential for the children of God. Unless we are reconciled to God and each other, we can’t join the kingdom.

Jesus taught us ”For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14). God is willing to forgive our disobedience, but we are to do the same for our brothers and sisters. The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant recorded in Matthew 18:21-35 warns us of the consequences of not forgiving one another.

Part of accepting God’s forgiveness is forgiving ourselves. Yes, we have all made mistakes but God wants us to know that when we come to Him in repentance, we are freed from our sin and it can no longer hold us. We must let go of the hurt and live in the light of His love.

Gracious God, in Your mercy You made a way for us to reconnect with You through our Lord Jesus. Help us to forgive each other and ourselves, going in Your name to all the world. Amen.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *