“Digging Deeper” is an opportunity for you to continue the study of God’s Word throughout the week.
“FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER”
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
“One Another” is a phrase that is used throughout the New Testament by various writers and in numerous contexts. This week, we will look at five “One Another” statements. Tony Evans tells a story of a lady who was walking her dog, and the dog was trying to get away from the leash. Every time the dog pulled away, the lady would yank the leash, pulling the dog back, and the animal couldn’t get free. The leash held it hostage, kept it bound, and unable to break away. He couldn’t break the chain.
Many of us today find ourselves held hostage by a leash. The links on the chain are many. There is the link of anger, the link of bitterness, the link of resentment, and the link of revenge. No matter how many links are in the chain, they all boil down to one thing – unforgiveness.
We are forgiving when we let go of offenses and grievances freely and graciously. The reason we should be willing to forgive is that God has forgiven us freely in Jesus Christ. Demonstrating an attitude of regular forgiveness will greatly enrich any relationship. We don’t forgive people because they deserve it; we forgive people because we have been forgiven. The cross is a reminder of these words: “I FORGIVE YOU”.
Forgiveness Is a Choice Not To:
• Bring the incident up and use it against the person
• Gossip about the incident to others
• Allow the incident to come between you and the other person
Question: Who do you need to forgive today?