Reading Genesis 32-35
Just for today, I will make an effort to forgive. After Jacob deceived his brother, he had to flee for his life. It was in this time that God revealed Himself to Jacob, and Jacob was changed. When God told Jacob to return home, he feared for his life. For all Jacob knew, Esau still wanted him dead. But that wasn’t the case now at all! Esau was overjoyed to see Jacob. Esau had forgiven his brother. Is there someone that you need to forgive? Is there someone you have wronged that may be ready to offer forgiveness? Colossians 3:13 teaches us that, “if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye” (emphasis mine). When we accept Christ, our sins are forgiven. As we have been given that forgiveness, we should offer forgiveness. To forgive is to be free. Forgiveness isn’t always easy, especially when someone has hurt us deeply, but it offers a sense of freedom that cannot be gained by keeping grudges and bitterness walled up inside. Free yourself today of those chains.