Colossians 3:13 (NLT)
13Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
You know, I really get tired of people coming to apologize for things they’re not going to change. I don’t feel like forgiving a mistake that someone is probably going to make again in the next hour or day. The whole “I’m sorry, I won’t do it again; I’m sorry, I did it again” routine gets so old.
But, what I really can’t wrap my brain around is how God does it.
I can’t remember how many times I was sorry. Or how many times I was sorry, again. Or for that matter, how many times I was sorry, and this was the last time. What I’m saying is: God forgave me knowing I would sin again. And His “know” isn’t a gut-instinct like ours, He really knows. Yet, He forgives.
So, the question is, who am I not to forgive you for some of the same things I’m asking God to forgive me for?
Are you feeling justified in withholding forgiveness from somebody? Why do you feel that way? How do you think God feels about that?
The author is a youth worker from Hartwell, Georgia.
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