My word for this year is forgive.  It has been a journey of lessons. What follows is some of what I have learned.

Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Col 3:13b niv

When I read the word you that means me. I am to forgive, it is a statement, not a question or suggestion. I am not to forgive in my own way but as the Lord does, completely without hesitation or restrictions. statue-499190_640

When the Lord forgives me He doesn’t keep reminding me of what He has forgiven me. It is done. So it is to be when I forgive someone. Forgive and be done with it. Forgive once and for all. It is to be the same when I need to forgive myself. I mustn’t hold onto regrets and “if only’s”.

I want to be truly forgiving of others, readily, without holding back or waiting to be asked for forgiveness. I often have a hard time letting go of hurts and offenses. My heart needs to be softened. There is only one way to accomplish that softening; on my knees in prayer. I may need knee pads, I can be pretty stubborn!

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

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3 thoughts on “Colossians 3:13

  1. I think that forgiving ourselves can often be just as difficult as forgiving others, but both are possible through faith and prayer, and it feels so good when we finally let go of those hurts!

    1. you are so right…it is only through faith and prayer that we can forgive anyone and let go of the hurts. I find it hardest to forgive myself and to let the past go. The Lord is showing me the way but sometimes I wander off on my own…working on that.

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