Monday, April 30, 2012
Colossians 3:12-14 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. This little passage appears to be of great importance to God, and in turn, to us. Twice in the past three days this message has been brought to my attention. It was the subject of a Ladies' Retreat and again this evening as the subject of my daughter in law's blog.(thetremainestory.blogspot.com) God so loved us that He wanted us to know that by following the example of Christ, we can all find the sweet freedom that forgiveness offers. We are only human, and find it easier to hold grudges, anger and past greivances in a corner of our hearts, for safe keeping. We fret over them, pull them out to mumble over,and to remind ourselves of the hurt and pain that someone has caused us; telling ourselves that we will never forgive, or forget. Then stuff it all back down, building a wall around our hearts. As we do so, we become more angry, more resentful, allowing Satan to step in and capture these feelings to use against us. It separates us from God's love and promises. God has put us all in the position of holiness, as His child. He loves us and provides for us in all our needs. Christ died for each of us, shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins. We are forgiven by His grace and mercy. How can we not forgive others? Ephesians 4:31 says: Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.