Colossians 3:13 - Forgive Because Youre Forgiven.

Colossians 3:13 (NLT) Make allowance for 
each others faults, and forgive anyone who 
offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you 
must forgive others. 

Colossians 3:13 (AMP) Be gentle and 
forbearing with one another and, if one has a 
difference (a grievance of complaint) against another, 
readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has 
[freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. 


3:12-17 Paul offers a strategy to help us 
live for God day by day: (1) imitate Christ's 
compassionate, forgiving attitude (3:12, 13); (2) let love 
guide your life (3:14); (3) let the peace of 
Christ rule in your heart (3:15); (4) always be 
thankful (3:15); (5) keep God's Word in you at all 
times (3:16); (6) live as Jesus Christ's 
representative (3:17).  [Life Application SB] 


The key to forgiving others is remembering 
how much God has forgiven you. Is it difficult 
for you to forgive someone who has wronged you a 
little when God has forgiven you so much? Realizing 
God's infinite love and forgiveness can help you 
love and forgive others. [Life Application SB] 


As He Forgave Us
   Alexander Pope wrote in the 18th century, 
To err is human; to forgive, divine. 
   If you want to be like Jesus, then 
   The Bible tells us that we should make 
allowance for each others faults, and forgive 
anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave 
you, so you must forgive others (Colossians 
3:13 NLT). 
   Jesus modeled this so beautifully for us 
when He hung on the cross of Calvary. They had 
ripped open His back with a Roman whip, pressed a 
crown of thorns around His head, and pounded 
spikes through His hands and feet. 
   But the first words He spoke from the 
cross were these: Father, forgive them, for 
they dont know what they are doing (Luke 
23:34 NLT). Those words were so powerful in their 
effect that one of the criminals that was crucified 
next to Him believed on the very spot. 
   Matthews gospel tells us that 
initially both criminals joined in the chorus of 
mockery. Some of those at the foot of the cross that 
day were saying, Well then, if you are the 
Son of God, save yourself and come down from the 
cross! (Matthew 27:40 NLT) 
   But when Jesus asked the Father to 
forgive them, one of those thieves came to his 
senses and said, Jesus, remember me when you 
come into your Kingdom (Luke 23:42 NLT). 
   Jesus told him, I assure you, today 
you will be with me in paradise (verse 43 
   Young Stephen, the first martyr of the 
early church, emulated his Lords example. As 
the furious Jewish leaders put him to death for 
his bold proclamation of the gospel, Stephen 
cried out, Lord, dont charge them with this 
sin! (Acts 7:60 NLT). 
   And that incredible testimony ultimately 
helped bring about the conversion of the notorious 
Saul of Tarsus, later known as the apostle Paul. 
   You are never more like God than when you 
forgive. [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 

Forgive Because Youre Forgiven
   Showing grace to others is what God wants 
us to do, but its not always easy because 
were so often focused on ourselves. 
   Its easier sometimes to be selfish 
instead of gracious. Maybe you see the slow clerk at 
the grocery store as an interruption to your day 
rather than somebody who might be struggling to 
keep his job - or who just got the worst news of 
his life. 
   You may see a family member whos 
struggling right now as a drain on you rather than 
someone who feels hopeless over a desperate 
situation. Or you see the person who cut you off on the 
freeway as your worst enemy rather than someone in 
need of Gods love. 
   We all need Gods love. Thats why 
Jesus Christ came into this world. He came to show 
people grace. The ultimate way God does this is 
through forgiveness. And the ultimate way he asks 
you to show grace to other people is by 
forgiving them. 
   Colossians 3:13 says, Make allowance 
for each others faults, and forgive anyone 
who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, 
so you must forgive others (NLT). 
   People often ask me, How can I find 
the strength to forgive? I dont have it in 
me. I dont have it in me either! The only 
place Ive ever found the strength to forgive is 
in remembering how much Jesus has forgiven me. 
When I remember that, then he gives me the 
strength and grace to forgive others. 
   Clara Barton, who founded the Red Cross, 
was reminded by a friend of an especially cruel 
thing that someone had done to her years before. 
Barton seemed not to recall it, and the friend 
asked, Dont you remember? Her famous reply 
was, No, I distinctly remember forgetting 
   What do you need to forget?
   If you dont forgive, youre not 
going to enjoy Gods vision for the rest of your 
life, because unforgiveness will keep you stuck in 
the past. 
   Forgive - and then get on with your life. 
This doesnt mean there shouldnt be 
consequences for what somebody did to you. It just means 
that you let go of your anger and hurt and give 
it to God so that you can move on with Gods 
purpose for your life. 
   When that seems impossible - when you 
feel like you cant be gracious toward someone 
- remember this: Jesus forgave you. 
Remembering the grace God has shown you will give you 
the strength to be gracious to and forgive 
others. [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


Forgiven People Forgive Others
   A lot of people think God carries 
grudges. They picture God up in heaven, waiting to 
zap them for anything they do wrong. 
   Heres what God is really like: I am 
the God who forgives your sins, and I do this 
because of who I am. I will not hold your sins 
against you (Isaiah 43:25 GNT). God wants to 
forgive, and he has done everything necessary to 
forgive our sins in Christ. 
   Even before the world was made, God was 
already planning in Christ to forgive your sins. He 
knows every wrong thing youre going to do. None 
of it surprises him! All the guilt thats in 
your life, God made a plan to offer you 
forgiveness for it even before you were born. 
   Thats why God can say this: 
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who 
are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1 NIV). 
Condemnation is gone because of what Jesus Christ did for 
us"that means unconditional, complete, consistent, 
eternal, by-grace forgiveness in all of our lives. 
What a relief! You dont have to suffer or pay 
for your sins now or in eternity. Its paid 
for by Jesus Christ. You are forgiven if you 
accept that gift of salvation from Jesus. 
   Once you recognize that youre 
forgiven, you are then enabled and strengthened to 
forgive other people. 
   How do you do that? Make allowance for 
each others faults, and forgive anyone who 
offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you 
must forgive others (Colossians 3:13 NLT). 
   Take a good look at yourself, and you may 
see ugliness, selfishness, and sin. But the 
important thing is how God sees you. You are his 
creation, a masterpiece designed to live for him and 
bless others. 
   When you take a good look through Gods 
eyes, you see the forgiveness that only he can 
give. By accepting his forgiveness in your life, 
youll be able to offer it to others. [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: 

Three Reasons to Forgive
   The Bible says there are three reasons 
you have to let go of your past and forgive the 
people whove hurt you. And those reasons have 
nothing to do with whether those people deserve it 
or not. 
   1. You have to forgive those whove 
hurt you because God has forgiven you. Colossians 
3:13 says, Remember, the Lord forgave you, so 
you must forgive others (NLT). If you want to 
be a forgiving person, you first need to accept 
the forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ. The 
Bible says God came to Earth in human form in 
Jesus in order to forgive everything thats ever 
been done wrong. He paid for those wrongs so we 
dont have to. Thats Good News. 
   2. You have to forgive those whove 
hurt you because, otherwise, resentment will 
control you. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:9, 
Only fools get angry quickly and hold a grudge 
(CEV). Resentment makes you miserable. It keeps you 
stuck in the past. And when youre stuck in the 
past, you are controlled by the past. Every time 
you resent something, you let that thing control 
you. Some of you are allowing people who hurt you 
five, 10, or even 20 years ago to still hurt you 
today because of resentment. Dont let that 
continue to happen. Your past is past. Youve got 
to let it go. 
   3. You have to forgive those whove 
hurt you because youre going to need more 
forgiveness in the future. Jesus said, For if you 
forgive other people when they sin against you, your 
heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do 
not forgive others their sins, your Father will 
not forgive your sins (Matthew 6:14-15 NIV). 
Forgiveness is a two-way street. You cant receive 
what you are unwilling to give. 
   Someone once told John Wesley, the 
18th-century British theologian, I could never forgive 
that person. Wesley replied, Then I hope 
you never sin.  
   You dont want to burn the bridge you 
need to walk across to get into heaven. [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: 

Let Go of Your Hurt
   Has someone ever done a crazy, hurtful 
thing to you or to someone you love? And maybe 
youve thought, I know the Christian thing to do 
is to forgive, so I will. I will forgive him as 
soon as he gives me an apology. 
   But that mindset has a problem: Youre 
still holding on to the hurt. Truth is, that 
person may never ask you for forgiveness. He may 
never say hes sorry. He may not care, or he may 
not even realize what hes done. So you end up 
stewing over something that the other person has 
long ago forgotten. And its eating you up 
   Never hold on to a hurt. It only leads to 
resentment, and resentment tears you up. Resentment is 
like drinking poison and then hoping it will harm 
someone else. It doesnt work.  
   But resentment does have an antidote: 
   Jesus served as a clear example of 
forgiveness - even in the most extreme circumstances. As 
he hung on the cross, he said of his 
executioners: Father, forgive them, for they do not 
know what they are doing (Luke 23:34 NIV). 
   When you struggle to forgive someone, 
remember the great gift of Gods forgiveness - the 
forgiveness that Jesus offered on the cross and offers 
to you, too.  
   Colossians 3:13 sums it up well: Make 
allowance for each others faults, and forgive 
anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave 
you, so you must forgive others (NLT). (You 
might even write this verse down, carry it with 
you throughout the day, and memorize it. 
Youll have plenty of chances to use it!) 
   The Greek word that is translated as 
make allowance carried the meaning to bear 
with, to endure, to be tolerant. In other 
words, cut people some slack.  
   Jesus said, Blessed are the merciful, 
for they will be shown mercy (Matthew 5:7 
NIV). I want Gods blessing in your life. One 
way you receive that is by being merciful.  
   When faced with a hurt, you have a 
choice: You can hold on to it and be destroyed by 
resentment, or you can live in the freedom of 
forgiveness. Choose to forgive today. [Daily Devotional 
by Rick Warren: 


   This morning I woke up with an unpleasant 
memory stuck in my brain. Over and over my mind 
replayed the scene: I walked into a room just as 
someone was telling a lie about me, obviously trying 
to cast me in a negative light with several 
people. The liar was someone who pretended to care 
about me. Someone I trusted. Since the incident 
was never acknowledged by any of the parties 
involved, the feelings of hurt and betrayal still cut 
sharply, even though almost four decades had passed. 
   Later, I took a break from work and 
turned on the news. The anchor introduced a man who 
had finally gained his freedom after spending 
twenty years in prison for a crime he didn't 
commit. The man smiled as he explained why he felt 
no bitterness: 'With all that the Lord has 
forgiven me for, who am I to refuse to forgive 
someone else?" This man had been set free in more 
ways than one. He had chosen to leave behind 
resentment and embrace the new life granted to him. 
   Nursing a grudge for a past wrong is like 
allowing the perpetrator to hold us hostage. We only 
continue to hurt ourselves. Jesus wants us to live in 
freedom from anger, bitterness, and resentment. Even 
if the person who hurts us never apologizes or 
admits the offense, we can learn to forgive and 
free our souls by seeking help from the One Who 
has forgiven us. Once we let go of old 
grievances, then we can fully embrace the new life that 
Christ wants us to have. by Dianne Neal Matthews 
   Faith Step: Examine your heart for any 
traces of bitterness from past wounds. Tell Jesus 
that with His help you forgive the person who 
hurt you. Whenever the memory resurfaces, list 
the sins and shortcomings that Jesus has 
forgiven you for. [Mornings With Jesus 2018 
Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan] 


A Lovely Idea
   C. S. Lewis said, Everyone says 
forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something 
to forgive. 
   A study on forgiveness found that 75 
percent of those polled believed that God forgave 
them for past sins. But only 52 percent said they 
had forgiven others. 
   However, in what we call the Lords 
Prayer, Jesus taught us, Pray like this: Our 
Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. . . 
Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who 
sin against us (Matthew 6:9, 12 NLT). 
   If youre a believer in Jesus Christ, 
then youre a forgiven person. And forgiven 
people should be forgiving people. 
   Of course, life is filled with hurt and 
disappointments. Weve all been hurt in life. And sometimes 
we dont mean to do it, but we hurt others in 
life as well. That is why we must forgive. 
   You may regard someone who has hurt you 
as an enemy. You even bristle when you think 
about them. And maybe youre saying, You 
don't understand what this person has done to me. 
I can never, ever forgive them. 
   Yet Scripture doesnt simply suggest 
forgiveness; it commands it. Ephesians 4:32 says, Be 
kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one 
another, just as God through Christ has forgiven 
you (NLT). And Colossians 3:13 tells us, Make 
allowance for each others faults, and forgive 
anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave 
you, so you must forgive others (NLT). 
   I like this advice from my friend Max 
Lucado: Before you get caught in the crazy cycle 
of hurt and forgiveness, try shifting your 
glance away from the one who hurt you and setting 
your eyes on the One who has saved you. 
   If you want to live a happy, healthy, and 
blessed life, then learn how to forgive. [Greg 
Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


   Do not expect to be treated fairly in 
this life. People will say and do hurtful things 
to you, things that you don't deserve. When 
someone mistreats you, try to view it as an 
opportunity to grow in grace. See how quickly you can 
forgive the one who has wounded you. Don't be 
concerned about setting the record straight. Instead 
of obsessing about other people's opinions of 
you, keep your focus on Me. Ultimately, it is My 
view of you that counts.  
   As you concentrate on relating to Me, 
remember that I have clothed you in My righteousness 
and holiness. I see you attired in these radiant 
garments, which I bought for you with My blood. This 
also is not fair; it is pure gift. When others 
treat you unfairly, remember that My ways with you 
are much better than fair. My ways are Peace and 
Love, which I have poured out into your heart by 
My Spirit. (Col. 3:13; Isa. 61:10; Eph. 1:7, 8; 
Rom. 5:5) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


Matthew 6:14, 15 - Forgiveness Is Essential.


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