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“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Out of the riches of God’s grace, we have received the forgiveness of sins and redemption through his blood (Ephesians 1:7).

This is the beauty of grace but it is not the end of the story. A true understanding of this grace should make us gracious to others. We have been forgiven much, therefore, we have a responsibility to forgive others as well.

One thing that helps with forgiveness is acknowledging that it is your nature to forgive by virtue of your regenerated spirit (Galatians 5:22-24).

It may be easy to remember this when you are in a good mood but keep in mind that forgiveness is not a matter of how you feel but an instruction in the word of God (Colossians 3:13, Ephesians 4:31).

Remember, God forgave you of your sins (Ephesians 4:32). Moreso, refusing to forgive comes with a lot of baggage and encourages works of the flesh like anger, bitterness and malice. Suddenly, you lose sight of how to love the people around you, alongside with your peace and joy.

To avoid this, here’s an instruction to keep in mind when you are weighed down by refusing to forgive:

“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor,
and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:31-32‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

In fact, the instruction from the anchor verse is to make allowances for the fault of others. This means forgiving in advance and not just when you are hurt. This approach solidifies forgiveness as your immediate response to offense.

Regardless of how big or little the issue is, it is not too grave that it cannot be forgiven. Forgive just as God forgave you in Christ Jesus.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 19:1-15, Acts 26:1-18, Psalms 42, Leviticus 14-15

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