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Devotional

Wednesday, February 18th

Family Forgiveness

“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)

We’ve all been hurt before – it’s a part of living in a broken world full of broken people in broken relationships. And I’m sure most of us would agree that the pain is much worse when we are wronged by someone close to us. Family wounds are some of the most painful to heal.

Forgiveness can be a hard pill swallow especially when the scars are deep and the pain is real, but the truth is, when we don’t forgive it starts to rot away at our soul.  Releasing these wrongs to God frees us to live unshackled and unrestrained by pain and bitterness. Jesus modeled to us the way in which we should forgive when he said on the Cross “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”

In spiritual family, just like natural family, forgiveness isn’t an option – it’s a daily necessity. Feelings get hurt, stuff gets broken, accidents happen and life gets messy. If you keep track of what others have done to you, your list will grow long and your heart will get bitter. We can forgive, because we know He has forgiven us. What a beautiful picture of grace and peace we see walked out in the local church.

Prayer:  Jesus, as I have sinned against You I thank you for the forgiveness You offered to me.  Help me to be patient with others and quick to forgive those who have wronged me as You have commanded me. Amen.

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