The ability to forgive

ATD 149The Word

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:13,14


The weight of this Scripture seems to lack rationale, reason, and certainly the possibility of application. In the natural, I think consistent forgiveness of offenses is an impossibility because some injustices and trespasses against us are too inexcusable.

Most Kingdom characteristics, though, qualify for the “not possible in the natural” column, and those which are not in the column skirt awfully close to it. Obtaining our own forgiveness from God required the introduction of His supernatural intervention, and our forgiving others of offenses must draw from the same supernatural source.

Clearly non-engagement of forgiving is repeatedly presented in Scripture as a non-option if we intend to experience forgiveness ourselves. C. S. Lewis wrote, “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”


As you have extended grace and mercy to me, may I walk in the same manner extending it to others. Amen.


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