His Grace in Forgiveness

No one is immune – we are all susceptible to that flash of anger when someone’s been rude, disrespectful, or even mean. When that happens, we can spend an entire day, even an entire lifetime, holding onto the pain and offense. We continue thinking about how we’d like to lash back and get even. But Jesus calls us to a different response, and that is… forgiveness. It’s such a beautiful word, until we’re the one having to extend it. But forgiveness is vital for living in the freedom Christ intended. It’s why He died for us on the cross. We all need forgiveness – God’s and one another’s – in order to fully know the meaning of grace.

How joyful is the one whose transgressions is forgiven, whose sin is covered! (Psalm 32:1 CSB)

But the free gift of Christ isn’t like Adam’s failure. If many people died through what one person did wrong, God’s grace is multiplied even more for many people with the gift – of the one person Jesus Christ – that comes through grace. (Romans 5:15 CEB)

And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ. (Ephesians 4:32 CSB)

Forgive us the wrongs we have done, as we forgive the wrongs that others have done to us. (Matthew 6:12 GNT)

Oh, Father, please forgive me for harboring unforgiveness towards others. I need Your help. It’s not easy, but by Your grace, power, and love, I humbly myself and ask that You help me to forgive. Amen.

This is an excerpt from 100 Days of Grace & Gratitude by Shanna Noel and Lisa Stilwell - a devotional book released by DaySpring publishing.  Learn more about this book, or shop other books & devotionals from DaySpring.