Everyday Peacemaker

Peacemaker Ministries Devotional: As Christ Forgave You

by P. Brian Noble / February 1, 2021


Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.(Ephesians 4:32, ESV)


Look closely at the words at the end of this verse: “. . . God in Christ forgave you.” The Father forgives us in, or through, Christ. So Paul is telling us to forgive in the same way the Father forgives. How are we forgiven? God has forgiven us 100%—completely—just as Jesus completely fulfilled all of God’s requirements in his death, burial, resurrection and appearance. In other words, God forgives us 100% because the Gospel of Christ has made it possible.


Let’s put this in personal terms. The first column below represents the percentage of each action that God has accomplished in Jesus Christ. Think about that, then estimate the percentage of your efforts that are in Jesus Christ.

                                         God’s %                Your %

Kindness                        __________        _________

Tenderheartedness      __________        _________

Forgiveness                   __________        _________


Look also at the word as:  “. . . as God in Christ forgave you.”  Is there a difference between how you forgive and how God forgives? Between your kindness and tenderheartedness and God’s? Assuming you see a difference, could it be because you are trying to  do these things by your own willpower? What would change if, instead, your power came through Jesus’ gospel? What if today you began to live by the same power that raised Jesus from the dead? Jesus died for you and was resurrected, so that you can live in the forgiveness and tenderheartedness of God. Now that is good news!

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

   so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,

   so far does he remove our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:11–12, ESV)


Lord Jesus, I choose to forgive others because you chose to die for me. Because you were resurrected, I choose to become tenderhearted. . . . Continue praying.

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.