What do you think is the hardest commandment in the Bible?
Is it, “Do not steal,” “Do not murder,” “Obey your parents,” or “Serve no one except the one true God?” I don’t think so.
I think the hardest commandment is found in the New Testament:
“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).
In the Gospels, Jesus told us that we must forgive others even if they hurt or offend many times–over and over and over! That’s hard. But this is one of the ways that we learn to be like our Father God. When we love God, and we are His children, we want to grow up to look like Him–our heavenly Father.
God’s forgiveness of our sins is called grace. Grace is God NOT giving us the punishment we deserve for sin. Jesus took our punishment at the cross–and you know what? He took the punishment for that person who hurt you, too. God loves them and wants them to believe in Him, too. You can be a witness about God when you act like Him–by forgiving others.
Who do you need to forgive today? Can you do it just like God forgave you?