Colossians 3:13, “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
Forgiveness is something that many struggle with nowadays. When someone does them wrong, they want to get back at that person. However, the Bible commands us to forgive. The verse says, “Even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” What did Christ forgive us? He forgave us of all the wrong that we have already done and all the wrong that we will do.
Peter came to Jesus to ask how many times he should forgive someone that wrongs him. We find Jesus’ answer in Matthew 18:21-22. It says, “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.”
If one does not learn to forgive, it will create bitterness. Bitterness destroys its own container. It will destroy you from the inside out. It’s been said that forgiveness is more for the forgiver than the one being forgiven. If we think about it, it is true. How many times has someone wronged you that caused you to be upset. Did it affect them at all? Did it seem to bother them? Many times it doesn’t. That is why we must learn to forgive. Learning to forgive allows for one to enjoy life more. People will be people. People will hurt people. That’s just how life is and will be. We must learn to forgive. Has someone hurt you that you haven’t forgiven yet? Ask the Lord to help you forgive that person today.