Be kind and helpful to one another, tenderhearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you.
— Ephesians 4:32 (AMP)
Learning to forgive quickly and completely is one of the most important keys to maintaining joy in our lives. Because God has forgiven us, He expects us to forgive others for their injustices against us.
Just as we can receive forgiveness from God and confidently trust that He is not angry with us, we can forgive others and not be angry with them. Anger and unforgiveness will quickly dilute your joy. It is impossible to be bitter and better at the same time.
Learning to be forgiving and merciful toward the faults of others is a sign of growing spiritual maturity—it is being obedient to God’s Word. When we obey God, especially when it is difficult to do so, He will always reward us with peace and joy.
Prayer Starter: Lord, please help to let go of bitterness or unforgiveness toward anyone that has hurt me, either intentionally or unintentionally. You are my Vindicator, and I am so thankful for that, amen.