Forgive As in Christ God Forgave
Read Ephesians 4:29–32
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
How often do we expect the people in our lives to be perfect before we’ll forgive them or extend them grace? We’re willing to forgive, but only under certain conditions. If we take our cues from God, though, we will see that He calls us to forgive others as He has forgiven us. Here’s how God forgave us: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). In love, God forgave us while we were still rebelling against Him. In love, we can extend this kind of forgiveness to others.
- In what relationship(s) do you find it most difficult to extend forgiveness? Why do you think that is?
- Reflect on the connection between compassion and forgiveness. What do you notice?
- What invitation do you sense God extending to you when it comes to forgiving others as in Christ God forgave you?
God, You love me and forgive me despite all my flaws and waywardness. You see the good in me, the possibilities You’ve planted, and the transformed person you are forming me into. Help me see the good in others, to have compassion for them, and to show kindness even when I don’t think they deserve it. Expand my heart so that I can forgive. Amen.