12 Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with:
13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Colossians 3:12 – 15
In verse thirteen, it says, “Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” I can’t even comprehend how much the Lord has forgiven me. If I were to add up every sin I’ve committed in my lifetime, the number would be insurmountable. To me. Yet God has already forgiven me for every single thing I’ve done. He has already forgotten them, too. Because of Jesus, His blood has washed me, so that when God looks at me, He doesn’t see a dirty sinner, but a child of God. Like I said, it’s hard to comprehend. Jesus died for me, for everyone. God forgives me. He forgives everyone. Because the God we serve forgives and forgets, without holding any grudges or keeping score, we are commanded to forgive others. I understand that forgiving others is a small thing compared to what Jesus has forgiven, but when someone hurts me, it’s not exactly easy to forgive and forget. I more want to say, “Yes, I forgive you,” and then continue to think about, and be hurt by, what they did. Aren’t we fortunate that our God doesn’t forgive like that? So what I’m saying is, it’s hard to forgive. Really, really hard. But following God isn’t about having an easy life. It’s about, well, following God. But really, isn’t it all worth it? When we finish this life, on an imperfect earth, and finally go home to Him, the Creator? I sure think it is.