| Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32 |
You know yourself. You know all those things that everyone else knows, and all the secrets you keep hidden — your open words and deeds and your private thoughts. Ask yourself: How much has God forgiven?
Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God shows His love to us and forgives everything which needs forgiveness. We are transformed and can come to Him as our Father, full of thankfulness and praise. This gratitude should then bring about a new way of treating each other. We are to forgive in the same way we have been forgiven. This means that everything (yes, everything) is forgiven. If someone is hurtful towards us, if they have fallen into some terrible things, we forgive them with the same love that God has shown to us. We may be the one to assist in correcting their wrongs or help them in some way, but all the while we are acting through forgiveness, regardless of the way they respond.
We understand how much God has shown us gentleness, grace and affection. Forgiving overwhelms our selfishness, and gives us the ability to love one another. God forgives us, and that freedom renews who we are. And as we also forgive others, it gives us the freedom to act in compassion and kindness towards everyone.