For Giving: Why We Should…
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
13Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
16Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
As God’s people we are called to be for giving. This play on words denotes that we ought to offer forgiveness. Just as we have been forgiven by God, we need to do so for those around us- to extend grace.
The first reason for giving forgiveness is that as we received this from God, we need to show this to others. This is not negotiable by God.
For giving this extension of God’s mercy on us, we delight Him. God has chosen to forgive us for whatever we have done. We, in turn, are required of God to give this. Christ exampled this for us.
The second point is that for giving forgiveness brings peace of mind and frees us of corrosive anger. When we do this we can free ourselves and move forward.
The third reason for giving forgiveness is to avoid collateral damages from our actions. When we do not forgive, it is we who suffer from the results of us seeking revenge. We need to move on so that greater things are not lost.