There are many who come to me and ask the question, ‘how can I forgive so-and-so when they have done ______ to me’? Down through the halls of history, many have faced this struggle, even mature Christians. Even today, I read of a persecuted believer who watched her loved ones and fellow Christians die at the hand of their oppressors. Yet she says “I must forgive for the sake of Jesus my Savior”!
How can this be done? Paul was very familiar with suffering because he was hated for proclaiming the gospel wherever he went. In 2 Corinthian 11:23-29 he listed the unbelievable suffering he endured during his ministry. In the face of this, he outlines over and over the Christ-like character that we as Christ-followers must model; specifically as to forgiving others, “forgive each other as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive” (Colossians 3:13).
This ability to forgive is not generated in ourselves, but in looking at what Christ has done for us in His cross. We then are given the power of grace to forgive others regardless of what they have done. Unforgiveness breeds the infectious venom of bitterness. God’s forgiveness toward me multiplies the grace I need to forgive others.
If you are struggling to forgive someone who has hurt you in some way, it is time to reflect on the cost of your forgiveness from God in Christ
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