The Choice to Forgive
There are two things you can do when someone offends you.
You can cover it or you can confront it.
Both have the same motivation in view, restoring the relationship in love.
Both require the same response: forgive as you have been forgiven.
The one thing you cannot do is complain (Philippians 2:14).
And if you can’t forgive…
Then according to Jesus, your problems are much bigger than the offense.
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8, ESV)
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32, ESV)
““If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.” (Matthew 18:15, ESV)
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14–15, ESV)
About Scott Postma
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