Love, Light and Life

... more than a devotional

Tuesday, 16th May, 2023


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 NLT

When Jesus showed the disciples an example for prayer, he prayed in this way, "and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors" (Mathew 6:9). From this pattern of prayer, you can see that they were to request forgiveness, on the account of them forgiving others. In other words, if they didn't forgive others, then they shouldn't be forgiven.

But we see a slight, yet very important difference in our theme verse. We are instructed to forgive others, while being reminded that the Lord already forgave us. This is different. We aren't being asked to forgive so that we would be forgiven. No.

We are instructed to follow the Lord's example. And just as He forgave us, we ought also to forgive others who may wrong us. In fact the scripture says we should make allowance for each others fault. This means plan ahead of time how your loving and forgiving response will be, if they should offend you.

That's the height of love the Lord wants us to walk in. We must have a lifestyle of forgiving people, even before they apologize. We should forgive because God's love in us prompts us to do so. 

Affirmation: In the name of the Lord Jesus, I choose to forgive. I refuse to remain offended about the offences of people to me. Just as the Lord Jesus Christ forgave me, I also forgive others who wrong me. I have the power to forgive and I forgive in Jesus mighty name. Amen.

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