The Posture of Forgiveness – Part 1

December 29 2021

Series: Philemon

The Posture of Forgiveness - Part 1

Bible Passage: Philemon 1:1-7

Anger and bitterness over hurts and sleights tend to grow in our hearts when they’re left unchecked. Many of us have made the mistake of simply ignoring it and hoping it fades over time, but God has a radically different approach to anger and bitterness.

The apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:31-32 teaches a more active and aggressive approach when he says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger.” And what are we to do instead? He says, “Forgive one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Every Christian needs to revisit the biblical teaching of forgiveness from time to time, and the small New Testament book of Philemon serves as an excellent biblical case study. It’s a timely reminder to each of us to follow Christ’s example of forgiveness to the people around us.