Wednesday Message Review
March 18, 2015
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 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 3:12-13
Forgiveness is an essential element in putting on the “new you”.
To forgive someone involves three things.
First, it means to forego the right of striking back. It is rejecting the urge to repay gossip with gossip and a bad turn with a worse turn.
Second, it means replacing the feeling of resentment and anger with good will, a love that seeks the other’s welfare, not harm.
Third, it means the forgiving person takes steps to restore good relations.
For the follower of Jesus, forgiveness may not be easy, but it’s not optional either. It is an essential characteristic of the transformed life. Forbearance and forgiveness are never a problem when we are talking about people we really love. Because He restored us to fellowship with Him, we love the people of God even as He loves them..
Choose to put on the new you with forgiveness today!
See you tomorrow. Go in peace!