Forgive Because God Forgave You
By Rick Warren
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 NIV)
We will all be hurt in this life. Many times we’ll be hurt intentionally by what people say about us or what people do to us. In fact, any time we read the word “forgiveness” we instantly call to mind certain heartaches, hurts, and problems from our past. The memories are still fresh because we’ve been hurt very deeply.
Because of how deeply we’ve been hurt, it’s hard to consider forgiving the perpetrators. But the Bible gives us one very important reason we need to forgive.
We forgive others because God forgave us.
The Bible says in Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (NIV). Ponder how much God has forgiven you, and it’ll cause you to be more forgiving of those who have hurt you.
The converse is also true. If you don’t feel forgiven, you’ll have a hard time forgiving others. If you typically have a tough time forgiving others, you may not truly feel forgiven yourself.
Think of it like this: God has completely wiped your sin slate clean because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross. All of the things you deserve to be paid back for have been cleared away because God has forgiven you. Own that statement for yourself, and you’ll find it increasingly tough to hold a grudge against someone else.
Remember this: No matter what anyone does to you, you’ll never have to forgive any other person more than God has already forgiven you.
Talk It Over
- When you think about forgiveness, who comes to mind? If it’s someone you need to forgive, what will you do now?
- What tangible action can you take to demonstrate forgiveness to someone who has hurt you in the past?
- How can you express your thanks to God today for his forgiveness?
For more Daily Hope with Rick Warren, please visit rickwarren.org
Sermons for Life Change - The Most Requested Rick Warren Sermons - Vol. 2 Complete Audio Series
Would you like to live a life of significance? These six sermons have helped so many people live exceptional lives that we’ve put them together in Volume 2 of “Sermons For Life Change: The Most Requested Sermons by Rick Warren.”
God wants you to live a life of significance and this collection will be a powerful source of inspiration for you, a family member, or a friend.
We’ll send you this inspired series as a thank you for your donation to Daily Hope. Your financial gifts help us share Jesus with others!
This devotional © 2016 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
You can also listen to Rick Warren on OnePlace.com.