I have gotten so much great feedback about this sermon series you help put together. Yay team!
So many people are hearing from God and sharing how these messages from the You Asked For It series is exactly what they needed to hear. That get’s me pumped up. I love hearing that God is speaking to you and you know exactly what He said. I love hearing that God’s word is made real and that you see how it has the power to impact and deeply change your life. I love what God is doing at Homeport right now and I hope you do too!
I saved one of the hardest messages for the last one. It’s interesting how often this command is over looked, disregarded, and ignored, but it is one of the most FREEING and LIFE CHANGING things we can do. In fact, I believe your life can change today if you could just muster the internal strength to FORGIVE.
Forgiveness has been made out to be really hard for us to do. Maybe you feel like your pride will take a hit. Or maybe you feel like to forgive means to allow the person access to hurt you again. A lot of people feel that to forgive means that justice for the wrong done will never be had. The truth is that none of these things actually happen when you forgive some.
Forgiveness and real pride are not mutually exclusive, the things we should be proud about in our life should make our life better. Like pride in our hard work, the legacy we leave for others to see, pride in our families. We should even find pride in our ability to forgive. Forgiveness does not mean that you have to trust the person again or allow them access back into your life. Forgiveness doesn’t mean justice will never occur. It is God’s job to judge and administer justice, not ours to take out upon the one who has offended us.
So what is forgiveness?
To forgive is to release and that’s what makes it so powerful. When we forgive, we don’t carry the pain around longer than we have to. We don’t harbor bitterness and anger, which eats away at our souls. We don’t have to lock ourselves in prison having to relive and remember what has happened. We release them from their debt to us because we realize that we have been released from debt that we owe and our offense is much larger than any we have experienced here on earth. We have the ability to forgive because we realize we have already been forgiven so much.
Make sure to join us this Sunday as we dig deeper into the meaning of forgiveness. We’re gonna take some time to talk about what it is, what it’s not, and why it matters. You’re not going to want to miss this conclusion to the You Asked For It series.