Devotions for Colossians 3: 12-17, #2

13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Bearing with someone is pretty easy. You just make up your mind to put up with whatever’s going on. “Okay, whatever…” Right?

But forgiving is a lot harder, because it demands your conscious acceptance of them, as they are. No matter how irritating, how infuriating, how mean, how bad. Just like Jesus did with those who hated him the most. It requires that we look beyond ourselves and remember what Jesus did for us. It also requires that we call upon this new heart that God put in us; where we find the strength lacking, we look to the One who can give it to us. For we must always keep “setting our hearts on things above.”

Lord, give me the strength to forgive others, even if I have to do it hourly.

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