The following verse is so fundamental and important that I feel compelled to write a really long post about it. On the other hand, it is written so eloquently, that it doesn’t require a long commentary in order to be absorbed:
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (Colossians 3:13).
“Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Wow! All true believers recognize the power of that phrase because we have all come to a point where we realized the desperate seriousness of our sins when we called out to God for mercy. This verse reminds us that we are to have the same patience with others that God had with us. God tolerated many horrible sins in many of us such as adultery and murder before we finally turned to Him (By tolerate, I simply mean He did not immediately strike us dead and cast us into eternal hell). Likewise we need to have patience with others whom we think are sinning against us. Far too many Christians are self-righteous and short tempered. They expect everyone else to come to their own viewpoint on their own schedule. But we need to be much more patient in dealing with our grievances, as God was patient with us.