by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32, NIV)
I hope you are making strides toward Jesus in holiness. You know that Jesus is essential, and you can call on Him for help. Yes, you will encounter obstacles along the way, but you can overcome them with your heart and mind set on heaven. Then living a virtuous life helps to truly keep you heading in the right direction as you move beyond your vices. The thing about life, though, is we don’t do it alone. Life is relational, and holiness must be lived out in relationship, too. This applies to our relationship with God, of course, but also others.
We invariably bump into people when doing life together. Being a Jesus follower striving for holiness doesn’t mean we won’t find conflict along the way, but it does mean we must behave differently when we do. Our Bible verse for today reminds us of a powerful truth that relates directly toward holiness: God forgave you in Jesus, and He wants you to forgive others.
We often times misunderstand forgiveness. For starters, it isn’t a gift we give others, but a gift we give to ourselves to free us of the weight of the burden. Forgiveness does not mean you have to restore trust, but it puts you back on the path of reconciliation. This is why forgiveness is critical component to holiness…it’s relational, and shows up in how we live a holy life with God, others, and self.
Prayer: Dear God, I know you forgive me and call me to forgive, too. I know this is hard, but it’s essential for the path to holiness. Thank you for the forgiveness in Jesus. May it change the way I live today with you, others, and even myself. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.