God Gave You a Heart to Forgive

Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3:13-14 (GNT)


When someone irritates you, when they complain about you or spread rumors to defame your character, God wants you to endure and forgive. That doesn’t mean you have to like it; it simply means that with God’s presence in your life, you can be better than the world wants you to be.

God will always forgive (and forget) your sins if you sincerely seek his grace — so in return, he wants you to do the same for others. He’s so merciful that He’s even absolved you of things you haven’t forgiven yourself for, and all he requires is for you to bestow mercy, Forgiveness, and love to your fellow man/woman.

Can you endure infliction from others and forgive them anyway?

It takes discipline and a commitment to love others as you love yourself, but it’s well within your grasp if you want it.

I think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best: “Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.

—Ray

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