And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
The apostle Paul is encouraging believers as
to forgive one another as God has forgiven all believers through the atoning work
of Jesus Christ. The forgiving principle applies to all for generations past,
present and future. Forgiving others is encouraged in the Lord's Prayer and
rightly so given the price Christ our Savior paid in the forgiveness of sin.
Humanity wants God to forgive us and He does. There are many who are wronged have
difficulty forgiving his or her fellowman. Man and especially believers are to
emulate the forgiving spirit of Christ.
The forgiving process incorporates the agape love of the Godhead. God the Father gave His Son, the Son gave His life and God the Holy Spirit lives in every believer. When man fails to obey God's commandments He remains faithful to forgive us and redeemed us through Christ's shed blood. What a forgiving God?
The phrase "the forgiven" are just many adjectives describing the people of God who have been chosen by God as they were predestined by Him to be His elect. The forgiven are God's holy nation of people to live in holy matrimony unto Him. That said, some of the adjectives used to describe God's people are: (a) God's elect, (b) the Redeemed, (c) God's chosen people, (d) Saints of God, and (e) Believers.
Whatever adjective used to describe believers we are His forgiven people.
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