How to Forgive [Colossians 3:13 Devotional]

How to Forgive [Colossians 3:13 Daily Devotional]

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

Colossians 3:13

What is Colossians 3:13 about?

The Apostle Paul, the author of this letter to the Colossians, is encouraging us to live in harmony. It won’t always be easy, which is why he asks us to “bear with each other.” The image of “bearing with one another” is one of hard work. This won’t always come naturally, so it’s important to work at this constantly and forgive quickly.

How to Forgive

Forgiveness can be one of the hardest things we have to do in this life, but it’s a big part of Paul’s encouragement to bear with one another. We can’t do that without forgiving one another. We can learn to forgive by following a few steps.

  1. Recognize if you need to forgive someone. The first thing you need to do is recognize your need. If you don’t think you need it, you won’t seek it out. Take some time to think and figure out if anyone has wronged you. This can be someone from the past or someone who hurt you today.
  2. Pray. You don’t want to move forward without first spending time with God. Ask him to give you the wisdom you need to restore your relationship and the strength to humble yourself enough to allow you to provide forgiveness to that person.
  3. Forgive the person. After you pray, you’re ready to move forward. This step can happen between you and the person, or it can take place just within your heart. That should be determined in step 2 above. If you chose to do this part person-to-person, do this part in person if possible. At the very least make it a phone call. A lot can be lost in text-based communications, and you don’t want that.
  4. Seek forgiveness. Now that you’ve provided forgiveness for another, check to see if maybe you need forgiveness from someone else. Relationships are messy, so you want to check often if you’ve hurt someone and need to make it right. It may be that you don’t need to seek forgiveness, but you may be surprised to find out you do.


Jesus, thank you for your example of forgiveness. Help me to forgive others easily and to seek forgiveness when I need it as well. It’s in your name I pray, amen.

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