“As Christ Forgives Us” (Colossians 3: 13, NEB) by Carley Evans

If you have cause to complain about another, Paul says that “you must forgive as the Lord forgives you.”

“Let Christ’s peace be arbiter in your hearts.” (Colossians 3: 15) Let His peace be the judge between you and the one with whom you have a disagreement. Let His peace have the final authority, thereby resolving your dispute.

“There must be love, to bind all together and complete the whole.” (Colossians 3: 14)

Jesus says, “Peace is My parting gift to you, My own peace, such as the world cannot give. Set your troubled hearts at rest, and banish your fears.” (John 14: 27)

He also says, “I give you a new commandment: love one another; as I love you, so you are to love one another.” (John 13: 34 – 35)

Allow the peace of Christ and His love settle your complaint against your brother or sister in Christ. Let Christ be the answer to your dispute. He is our Head as we are only members of His body, co-dependent upon Him. Who are we to fight? We are the same. God calls us to walk in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Paul reminds us that “[we] have strength for anything through Him who gives [us] power.” (Philippians 4: 13) Surely we have the strength to forbear with one another, and to forgive each other as Christ forgives us.