Living a godly life
Today's devotion is based on Ephesians 4:32, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
God calls Christians to be kind and compassionate, but this can be difficult, especially when we have been treated unkindly. The strength to forgive comes from realizing that God has forgiven us even when we do not deserve it. When we experience God's forgiveness gives us the strength to forgive others, even when they are unkind to us.
The Lord's Prayer teaches us to pray, "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." When we pray this prayer, we ask God to forgive us our sins and commit to forgive others who have sinned against us.
Please pray with me: Forgiving Father, help me be kind and compassionate to others, even when they are unkind. Give me the strength to forgive those who have sinned against me, just as you have forgiven me. Help me to live the words that I pray in the Lord's Prayer: "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.