But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 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.
by: Trisha Gerstel.
Today we learn of another critical part of forgiveness—a beacon of light in our quest to be freed from something that has hurt us. As we seek to let go of an upsetting word or deed, we find motivation in focusing on God’s forgiveness of our own sins. We are challenged to take on the very heart of God that He has demonstrated toward us. It is hard to hold onto anger or bitterness toward someone else’s careless (or even cruel) behavior when we take the time to reflect upon a perfect God’s willingness to expunge our own sinful actions (often done overtly) at His own expense.