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Bear With Each Other and Forgive

Colossians 3:13

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

IMG_0301Forgiveness has been on my mind of late – it is the title of Sunday’s sermon as we begin a new sermon series titled Marriage – Part 2.  I have been reading the Bible and some internet articles on marriage. Several posts have been written about forgiveness on this blog page over the years and if you are interested you can find some of them by searching for the word forgiveness on the main page of the blog.  You can actually search for different subjects and call up only the posts that deal with a certain subject.  Interesting!

Forgiveness is one of the essential doctrines of the church IMHO (in my humble opinion).  Forgiveness of others is for us – more than it is for the person we forgive!  We can spend time talking about the things to do and the things to not do of our faith and often do.  Any discussion would require us to look at forgiveness.  Here is today’s passage in partial context.

Colossians 3:1-15 – 1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.  5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

forgivenessIn talking about the things we are to do and are not to do – Paul suggests that God’s wrath is coming because of our sinfulness.  Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  But then he talks about our old self – and our new self in Christ.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

Paul suggests a path for us to walk – in the new self!  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

As we strive to remove the things we are not to do from our lives – let us strive to add the things we should do – to replace the things we should not do with the things we should do – namely here – forgiveness.  Who do we need to forgive today?  Today – I will pray for us – that we would be able to forgive one another.  It is as important – if not more important – than allowing God to remove the things we should not do from our lives!  This is especially important in marriage – and we will talk about that some on Sunday!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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July 16, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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