Why You Can Forgive

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“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:10-11

So if we’re wronged and defrauded by a brother in Christ, how can we let it go? Paul reminds the Corinthians here of their great sinfulness, their great offense to the Holy God. But then he immediately follows with the truth of the gospel: That Jesus died for those sins and they are washed, sanctified, and justified by faith alone. The only way they are accepted by God is through Jesus. So, knowing how much we have been forgiven, we can in turn forgive our brothers. The wrong done to you by your brother was already paid for on the cross; the Holy Spirit will work sanctification in your life, your brother’s life, and your community through forgiveness.

Holy Father, I confess that I have held unforgiveness toward my brother in Christ. Please help me to see the depths of forgiveness you have given me and him and give me a heart of forgiveness and love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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