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Forgiving One Another

February 25, 2008

“Forgiving one another, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Eph. 4:32


When missionaries first came to Labrador, they found no word for forgiveness in the Eskimo language. So they had to make one which meant, "not being able to think about it anymore."


We say that we forgive someone, but do we really when 10 years later we can still recall the date, time, situation, and even the exact words or deeds. It is so sad to see relationships terminated because of the lack of forgiveness. Sometimes, we are the worst within the church. People leave the church and churches even split over situations where forgiveness is either not offered or not accepted.


Paul reminds the Ephesians that they must forgive one another, just as Christ forgave them. Christ has forgiven us:

(1) "freely" - without any merit on our part.

(2) "fully" - he has forgiven each offense completely. There is no partial forgiveness.

(3) "liberally;" - for our sins have been innumerable. There is no limit.

I love how the psalmist describes it for us: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Ps. 103:12


The peace and happiness of the church depend on it! All of us at one time are going to sin against our fellow church member, just as all are going to sin against God. All of us need forgiveness of one another, as we all need it of God. We are to forgive and forget just exactly like God does.


Who do you need to forgive? Pray that God will help you “not be able to think about it anymore” just like he does.

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