I did my Bible study on forgiveness. Christianity and forgiveness are synonymous in a way. After all, being Christian means acknowledging we have been forgiven through Christ.
It’s easy to go around being happy that I’ve been forgiven for my sins. When it comes time for me to share the love and forgive others for their sins against me… well, that’s a different story altogether, isn’t it?
The fact remains that forgiveness in Christianity shouldn’t be one-sided. It doesn’t mean Jesus forgave us. End of story. It means we have been forgiven and should do our best to extend that divine generosity to those around us.
Oh and these are the verses I wrote in my notebook on forgiveness:
- 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)
- Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13)
- Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)