Forgive Us as We Forgive Others

bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. – Colossians 2:13 (ESV)

Reviewing my exegetical notes on this verse, here’s what I found I’d written:

Theologically, it is significant that we are called to forgive even as the Lord has forgiven us. If ‘the Lord’ here refers to Jesus, as I believe it does, then the image of the cross looms large in any dispute between believers. Jesus would push Himself up on nail pierced feet in order to utter the phrase “Father, forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing.” He didn’t have to in order for them to be forgiven, He did it so they could hear Him. How much discomfort will we endure to forgive someone else? Too often too little.

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