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Forgive Because God Forgave You

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Forgive Because God Forgave You

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

We will all be hurt in this life. Many times we’ll be hurt intentionally by what people say about us or what people do to us. In fact, any time we read the word “forgiveness” we instantly call to mind certain heartaches, hurts, and problems from our past. The memories are still fresh because we’ve been hurt very deeply.

Because of how deeply we’ve been hurt, it’s hard to consider forgiving the perpetrators. But the Bible gives us one very important reason we need to forgive.

We forgive others because God forgave us.

The Bible says in Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (NIV). Ponder how much God has forgiven you, and it’ll cause you to be more forgiving of those who have hurt you.

The converse is also true. If you don’t feel forgiven, you’ll have a hard time forgiving others. If you typically have a tough time forgiving others, you may not truly feel forgiven yourself.

Think of it like this: God has completely wiped your sin slate clean because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross. All of the things you deserve to be paid back for have been cleared away because God has forgiven you. Own that statement for yourself, and you’ll find it increasingly tough to hold a grudge against someone else.

Remember this: No matter what anyone does to you, you’ll never have to forgive any other person more than God has already forgiven you.

Talk It Over

When you think about forgiveness, who comes to mind? If it’s someone you need to forgive, what will you do now?
What tangible action can you take to demonstrate forgiveness to someone who has hurt you in the past?
How can you express your thanks to God today for his forgiveness?
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    Amen. Ephesians 4:32King James Version (KJV) by public domain

    32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

    And we should always treat one another as we wish to be treated.

    Matthew 7:12King James Version (KJV)by public domain

    12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

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    2019 days ago
    A good blog as usual! I forgave everyone who hurt me before I retired. There really was only 1 person. I never felt like I did anything to hurt her, but I told her, if I did, I
    am sorry! She was the one who hurt me on a daily person. And never apologized
    to me! The way I look at that, she has to live with that. I know God forgave me & I'm
    sure He is still forgiving me! I'm never happy with Christmas because it's gotten too
    commercial. It's like let's see who can buy the most expensive gifts. They have forgotten what Christmas means. A lot of people have forgotten that if it wasn't for
    Christ we wouldn't have Christmas! Have a Blessed Day on the Lord's Day! LYL!
    2019 days ago
    Yes they can. After my divorce from my first marriage, it took me years to be able to forgive my ex and his mother. Once I forgave them, I was able to move on and draw closer to the Lord than I've ever been before. emoticon
    2019 days ago
    2019 days ago
    emoticon Cari Jane , for the reminder that you never have to forgive any other person more than God has already forgiven you. emoticon

    2020 days ago
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    I love this Season the Best.. I could go on a good while... So if you need ideas to help out in your area.. Let me know.. So many need help at this time... Keep the word Christ in Christmas and correct them when they say Happy Holidays... Enjoy you Sunday and always look for someone to share a smile hug or even a pleasant Merry Christmas...In His Love and Grace Just Me emoticon emoticon emoticon
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