by Pastor Mark Jordan
“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, NIV)
Today’s verse is a good one in this day and age, isn’t it? It feels like people are at odds about almost anything and everything. We’ve lost some civility and ability to engage with people when we disagree. We tend to judge others by their worst examples, while judging ourselves based on our best intentions. As a result, we either dismiss the other person or just disappear entirely. This certainly doesn’t heed the Bible’s encouragement to bear with each other, forgiving as you yourself have been forgiven.
No one is perfect, unless we’re discussing being perfectly imperfect. We tend to expect perfection, though, don’t we? If we don’t get it, we might move on to try and find it. This is why the Apostle Paul shifted the focus to God. If God forgives you in your imperfections, shouldn’t you do the same for others?
Do you have a grievance with someone, or something? Are you bearing with it, living into a spirit forgiveness for the sake of relationship and community? If not, seek forgiveness from God, engage with others, and give all the freedom to be perfectly imperfect. After all, don’t others have to do the same for you?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving me perfectly, even in the face of my imperfections. Forgive me the times I’m not willing to bear with others, neglecting the power of forgiveness, both for me, and for others. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.