Luke 11:4 & Colossians 3:13-14 NIV 2011
“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.”
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Luke quoted Jesus’ words after a question was asked in verse one, “Lord, teach us to pray…” Recognized as part of the “Lord’s Prayer” it provides Jesus’ model to forgive just as they were forgiven. Paul echoed wisdom similar to Jesus’ in his letter to the church at Colossae. He adds, “bear” meaning to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient. Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Loving each other they stood as one. Holy living includes forgiving others as the Lord forgives believers.
Forgiveness has become an integral part of my life the past few months. Our pastor’s sermon on forgiveness was convicting. Visiting a sweet friend’s church I wrote this, “We can trust in God. He is able to take a life that is upside down and make it right.” So whether I’ve decided to forgive someone immediately or wait, God is trustworthy enough for me to forgive anyone. He forgives me daily. If an olive branch is extended or not, I forgive because I’m forgiven.
Who needs forgiveness in our lives?
Holy forgiven lives,