32 And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
Thoughts of verse
Forgiveness was a theme that was close to the heart of our kind and gracious Lord Jesus and much of His teaching and training surrounds the principle of forgiveness – gracious, beautiful, unconditional forgiveness. Forgiveness was one of the final thoughts on the heart of our Savior as He hung on the cross - and uttered those universe-shattering words, Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.
Forgiveness should be a subject we should pay close attention, forgiveness is one of the godly garments with which we have been covered and clothed - and our call to kindness, compassion and forgiveness rests on the immeasurable forgiveness and mercy that each of us have received in Christ Jesus. The more understanding we have of the grace that we have received the deeper our gratitude and the greater our capacity will grow to forgive other people.
Loving heavenly Father, Thank You for Your grace, Your mercy, Your love and Your immeasurable forgiveness towards me. May I reflect You in my thoughts, words and deeds and I pray that I will be kind, compassionate and forgiving towards others just as You forgave me, in Christ, in Whose name I pray, AMEN