7th March 2015
‘Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’ Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
The greatest gift we have in Christ is forgiveness. All of us are separated from God by sin – salvation is possible only because of the forgiveness Jesus was able to offer by dying on the cross for us. To be a Christian means we’ve been saved and forgiven for our sins.
Forgiveness, like confession (see yesterday in case you missed it), is one of the most powerful actions the Christian community can express. It is a necessary component of spiritual relationships. Because we have each been forgiven, we must forgive others. We will hurt each other...yes, you will hurt someone...and forgiveness is the only solution that brings genuine healing.
Forgiveness isn’t easy; and one reason it is so tough is because it’s not a one-time action. When you have been deeply hurt or wronged, resentment and bitterness can return again and again. You may have to decide many times to forgive the same past hurt. Forgiveness says, ‘I forgive you today, and I’m willing to forgive you again tomorrow.’
Question to consider
If there is someone you need to forgive, when are you going to do it? If there is someone you’ve wronged, when are you going to ask for forgiveness?
Pray that God will forgive you for any sins you have committed in thought, word and deed. Pray too that He would help you to forgive others who have hurt you.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
Posted by King's Church London
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.