If we look at Colossians 3:13, we see a wonderful message – a central message of Christianity – that I think we could all use a second of reflection on. The message is one of forgiveness and the verse reads thus:
“Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other.” Now, the verse ends, “just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
Personally, I find the latter half of the verse less necessary. As a more theologically infused message, I don’t find it as helpful as the beginning of the verse. However, if we use it as an exemplary injunction rather than a theological one – that is, God forgives us as an example to us that we should forgive, instead of, ‘ask God’s forgiveness if you want to go to Heaven’ – then I think we really have something there. But in either case, let’s focus on the beginning of the verse.
Forgive each other! What a wonderful message.
Breath in deep, exhale and with that, let it go. What’s it? Whatever it is that’s bothering you. Have you been holding onto it for a day, a week, a month or all of 2008? Maybe longer? Whatever period of time, it’s the New Year, and though every moment of life is a chance to start fresh and a time for new beginnings, many of us appreciate the more chronological breaks in life. Thus, the New Year is a perfect time to start fresh.
Don’t live 2009 with the grudges and angers of 2008. Forgive your friends and loved ones and even your enemies. Let it go. Life will be better without the anger and the hurt.
New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep but resolving to forgive more and have a grudge-free year should be delightful.
I’ve been holding onto some anger from 2008 and I’m ready to let it go. I’m breathing in. I’m exhaling. And I’m letting it go. My life will be better for it.
Will you join me? Will you try to let go of your anger? Please share a situation that you’ve been angry about and tell us about your decision to let it go.
What do you think about these verses?
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