“bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (Colossians 3:13)
There are three ideas that I want to present to you over the next 3 weeks that will help you put forgiveness in action in your relationships with others.
The first thing to remember we covered last week and is that when you’re faced with the need to forgive someone…
1. Put yourself where they are, and put them where you are.
Here’s the second idea that will help you see forgiveness in action.
2. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you abandon all boundaries.
Here’s the third idea that will help you see forgiveness in action.
3. Once and for all, let go of the power that bringing it up gives you.
Now, if you’ve ever needed to forgive someone, you know how difficult this step can be.
It’s not easy letting go of the power that bringing it up gives you.
But it’s necessary, if you want to see forgiveness in action.
Another verse from the Apostle Paul…
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
That’s quite a standard for us to live up to, but here’s the one thing that will help you do it more effectively: Stop talking about it — to the offender, and certainly to everyone else.
You’ve heard the phrase forgive and forget? It’s not always possible to forget. But here’s what you can do: Forgive and shut up.
Do you want to see forgiveness in action?
The decide today, once and for all, to stop talking about it.
Years ago, Corrie Ten Boom said, “Forgiving someone is like setting a prisoner free, and finding out that the prisoner was you.”
It’s really worth it to forgive others. It may not be easy to do, but here’s something that will help you.I want you to think of someone you know that needs to be forgiven — that specifically needs your forgiveness. Spouse, parent, child, friend, neighbor, co-worker, boss. Zero in on one right now. And ask yourself: Does this person need to be forgiven? Yes, And so do I. Have I been forgiven? Yes, I have.
So, this person can be forgiven, too.