Forgive as God forgave us in Christ.

Sometimes some of us find ourselves too close to others to the point we’re judging their every move or word. In the process, we become restless and agitated unless our expectations are being met by what we’re seeing or hearing. What do we earn from judging others, if not disappointment? Point to any man or woman, and someone will have an undesirable testimony for such person.

If God was ever waiting on mankind to fix themselves, Christ would have no purpose to come as our Savior. His mottos include: “Do not worry!”, “Neither do I condemn you”.

As Paul once said to the ones that Christ has said that He’s not ashamed of calling them brothers:

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let 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. And 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.” (Colossians 3:12-17)

How close should we ever be to others and even our own selves? As close as we are to Christ, as close as Christ is to that person.

“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:16-17)

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