A Man for Others in Loving Forgiveness

How are you doing in modeling the gospel with others?

A man for others embodies the gospel by forgiving others the same way that God in Christ has forgiven you. (Philippians 2:2 – “Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”)

Ephesians 4:31-32 – Let all bitterness (Aristotle spoke of this as “the resentful spirit that refuses reconciliation.”)

and wrath (fierce indignation that boils up and soon subsides again)

and anger (agitation of the soul, impulse, desire, any violent emotion, but especially anger. The Apostle Paul says that every trace of sharpness of temper must go.)

and clamor (verbal brawling. This is “the loud, self-assertion of an angry man or woman who will make everyone else hear his grievance.”)

and slander (speech injurious to another’s good name) be put away from you,

along with all malice (a vicious disposition of hate, ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness that is not ashamed to break laws. The Apostle Paul demands “the complete exclusion from our lives of every thought that leads us to speak or do evil against someone else.” (Foulkes)

32 Be kind (chrestos – vulnerability out of a deep security) to one another,

tender-hearted (having strong bowels),

forgiving each other (give grace, cancel a debt),

just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

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