Because God has forgiven all sin for those who have come to faith in Jesus Christ, we should not withhold forgiveness from others. A Christians, we should be the poster children of how to forgive. Realizing how completely Christ has forgiven us should produce a free and generous attitude of forgiveness toward our brothers and sisters in Christ. This is not to say that we just willy nilly forgive everyone for everything instantaneously to their face, especially minus repentance. It is more about a heart attitude that is fostered by the Lord as we freely forgive those who have wronged us privately to Him.
Questions for further thought:
1. Do you find that forgiveness is an attitude you gravitate towards? Why or why not?
2. In what ways do you see forgiveness being intertwined with everyday life and activities? How have you dealt most recently with an offense against you?
Challenge: If you have been wronged in some way, consider praying for the person that has wronged you. True, it may not change them, but it certainly changes you.
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