Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
When I read the second sentence, this verse hits home for me. Can I ever really forgive like God forgives? Can I truly wipe the slate clean after someone has wronged me or treated me poorly- even when they do not apologize or acknowledge their part? Do I give the relationship a second chance? This is hard for me to do, and I can think of a couple of grievances I have found particularly “sticky” and difficult to let go. Sometimes I wonder if I don’t just let time wear down the edges so much they no longer are sharp or painful. But that really isn’t forgiveness.
Father God, please help me to truly forgive, and not just forget. I know there is a difference. How can I live this out, and truly forgive? Amen