Colossians 3:13 NIV
Forgiveness is a tough proposition. We certainly don’t live in a world that promotes, values, or even teaches forgiveness. Conflict seems to be the order of the day. That being said, Jesus doesn’t mince words; He is clear - forgive. There is no exception and no replacement for forgiveness. Even though it is hard, we are called to it.
The big reason we are called to forgiveness is that Christ has forgiven us. We are not to hesitate in our forgiveness as the Father did not hesitate in forgiving us. In fact, not only did the Father not hesitate, He gave the most prized possession He had - His Son. We are not asked to sacrifice our most prized possession, but we are asked to have mercy on those who have wronged us. When seen from that perspective, what the Father asks from us is not too steep a price.
Is there someone you need to forgive today? Is there someone you know you need to forgive, but are having a hard time doing so? Just remember, you are who you are because Christ has forgiven you. Extend this gift to someone else today.