August 8, 2012
“Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all purpose garment. Never be without it.” Colossians 3:14 The Message
Forgiveness is the daily life of a Christ Follower. The gift of God’s grace is a daily reminder of the cost. We are encouraged and taught to forgive “quickly and completely”. The only way we can live this way is in Christ … his Life richly indwelling in every corner and room of our lives. When we forgive “in Christ” we let go of those things that cause blindness and a hard heart. When we forgive “through Christ” we experience his life-giving power washing away thoughts and other things that would paralyze us from living in his love. When we forgive “for Christ” we become his ambassadors and our actions point towards Him and not ourselves. Forgiveness gives another person the very same gift you received from Jesus. When someone says to you: “I don’t know how you did that. I don’t think I could ever do something like that”. Your answer simply becomes: The truth is “I” could never do it and probably wouldn’t want to. If it wasn’t for Christ’s forgiveness in me, I would have been stuck for the rest of my life”. But now, it is the most freeing gift to give away and to know that Christ is the secret. And in Him all secrets come into the light of His grace and truth. Are you dressed for the day ahead? It only takes a moment …
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M–F to the Forgiven and the Forgiving following Jesus.