Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Two Actions

  If you are looking for the posts about
God's Amazing Blessing
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There are 10 parts in all. 

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 This post is the continuation of my Study of Colossians. 
Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. Colossians 3:13 (AMP)
This verse is the result of verse 12 "put on a holy way of life". 

What am I to do? This verse states two actions: Forebear and forgive. Because I have put on a holy way of life, there are some things I must do. 

Forbear: holding yourselves back from one another. Avoid all occasions of irritating or provoking each other.

Forgive means literally "to grant grace." But I'm not to "forgive" in just words, "Oh, I forgive you." (But I am going to remember what you did forever, and hold it against you!)
No, I am to forgive as Christ forgive me—wholly and completely. I am not to forgive "out of the goodness of my heart". Rather, Christ's forgiveness of me is the reason for my forgiveness of others. 

These actions are not the norm for sinners. The only way for these two actions to become a lifestyle is by putting on a holy way of life. And that begins with being permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31; MSG).

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