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12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. (Colossians 3:12-15 ESV)

I don’t live among perfect people—even when I am alone!  Sin has been the surge of life since our first parents grasped the forbidden fruit and brought sin into paradise.  Since that time our relationships have fallen into disharmony.

Take another glimpse into the Garden of Eden.  As sin enters the world, the man and woman run when they hear the sound of the Lord walking in the garden in the cool of the day.  A broken relationship.  When the Lord asks Adam what happened, he blames his wife.  Eve in turn blames Satan.  Relationships are broken because sin reigns.

Generations have passed since the door to paradise was closed.  Sin still wreaks havoc on our relationships.  Our modern social sciences have tried countless remedies to provide greater tolerance among us and a deeper esteem for ourselves.  Nothing has worked.

This is because we have neglected the antidote to the cause of broken relationships—forgiveness.  The Lord Jesus sacrificed Himself that we would be forgiven.

It is important for us to remember that Jesus said, “Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required” (Luke 12:48).  We have received forgiveness in generous quantities that we may be generous in sharing it with others.

Forgiveness is the mortar that binds our relationships together. Forgiveness allows us into the presence of God.  Forgiveness makes marriages lasting.  Forgiveness makes friendships stronger.

 Prayer: Constantly remind me, Lord, Jesus, that I have received forgiveness, not only to have new life, but to share with others the grace that comes from Your cross and open tomb.  Use me to be a dispenser of Your forgiveness.  Amen.

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