“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”-Ephesians 4:32
We have all held a grudge, avoided someone, or gossiped behind someone’s back because of something they have done to us. In today’s verse the Apostle Paul tells us another way to go about our interactions with another. He tells us to be tenderhearted and forgiving. This is a sharp contrast to what the world thinks in normal behavior, but it is Christ like behavior and refers to the Lord’s own words “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us (Matthew 6:12).”
As Christians the Lord has forgiven us, and we must be quick to forgive. God first forgave us and we need his forgiveness daily. Are others exempt from this forgiveness? By no means. God’s grace and forgiveness are available to everyone, but we must be willing to live out this forgiveness so others can see it and witness the Gospel. The forgiveness of God is the model and measure of forgiving those around us. When God forgives it is not probationary but final. This is the model we must follow as Christians and it is difficult at times. Though difficult, it may provide an opportunity to share the Gospel.