“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13)
One of the perks of raising children later in life is that you get to observe closely the difference in the era of which another generation is being raised up. In my hay day, everyone in the community knew each other and looked out for each other’s children. Your parents could give you a list to take to the local grocery store and the clerk, which would likely be the owner, gave you what you needed and didn’t ask for any money; they knew who you were. We could count on one another when we needed each other the most. We worked through conflict and let each other off the hook. My neighbors could correct me when I was out of line. Most of all, we respected God and the church, even the families like mine, who didn’t believe.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2-3)
As we grow in our walk, our action ought to reflect the very nature of Jesus. As believers, forgiveness and love is the central focus of our belief and should be implemented readily. Christ Jesus is in us and with us to strive towards these realities. The hymn says they will know we are Christians by how we walk with each other, work with each other, and love each other. I would like to add by the way we forgive each other as well. God Bless.
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full-time staff member at America’s Keswick.
Daily Quote: “Forgiveness is the economy of the heart. Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.” – Hannah More
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7