Daily Devotional, February 16th
CLICK HERE to visit OurDailyJourney.org"As we forgive" As We Forgive, the award-winning documentary by Laura Waters Hinson, portrays the pain and hope of two Rwandan women as they face the men who brutally murdered their families during the 1994 genocide. Catherine Claire Larson, author of the ï¬lm-inspired book bearing the same title, believes that these women possess a message that we all need to hear. "If Rwandans can ï¬nd the courage to forgive," Larson writes, "then perhaps there is hope for us in those problems that seem to pale in comparison and in those that echo the horrors of genocide." When someone has wronged us by word or deed, forgiveness rarely arises naturally or willingly. We are commanded by Jesus, however, to forgive "those who sin against us" (Matthew 6:12). Forgiveness is an oft-repeated theme in the New Testament. In Matthew 18, Jesus stated that God requires us to "forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart" (v.35). The apostle Paul reiterated this exhortation: "Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others" (Colossians 3:13). Author Jerry Bridges writes, "In order to forgive our brother, we must be satisï¬ed with God's justice and forgo the satisfaction of our own." Bridges continues, "God is the perfect example of one who forgives. He is so rich in mercy, and â€˜He loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, He gave us life' " (Ephesians 2:4-5). As we forgive others, we reveal the forgiving heart of God. , Roxanne Robbins, Our Daily Journey
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