Have you ever found yourself in a place where you became upset with someone about something they said or did and could not shake it? We all know sometimes it’s just hard to let things go. The Bible gives us a power strategy that can be used to bring peace to our lives. One thing is, we must learn to extend grace to others and to realize that humans act human.
In Colossians 3:13-14, (AMP) Paul wrote, “Be gentle and forbearing with one another and if one has a grievance or complaint against another, readily pardon each other, even as the Lord has freely forgiven you, so must you also forgive. And above all these, put on love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony.”
What I’m trying to say to you today is “Let It Go.” Do you remember way back in the day, before we were saved, we believed in getting revenge on others? Believe it or not I’m wearing a scar today on my arm because I tried to get revenge on someone else, today I thank God that I learned how to forgive. Oh, by the way, I have forgiven the young man and both of us are saved and good friends.
There are two important words that we need to understand in these verses, they are forbearing and forgive. When Paul used the phrase “forbearing one another,” the word forbearing in the Greek means to endure one another, to put up with one another, or to have tolerance of one another. We know there are going to be times that we may become frustrated with others, but rather than acting intolerant or being short tempered, have a Christ like attitude toward them and let it go. Get before God, take some quiet time and listen to Him.
The other word we need to pay attention to is forgive. Actually, the Greek meaning is the word grace. It carries the idea of wholeheartedly forgiving, freely forgiving, or readily forgiving. This causes us to let it go, and not have any grudges or strings attached. Remember the scripture tells us in Ephesians 4:32, (KJV) “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.” You and I didn’t deserve the forgiveness we received, but God forgave us anyway. He forgave us for all of our sins, past, present and future. Now it’s our responsibility to forgive others as we have been forgiven.
Be blessed by the message and Jesus is Lord!