Sermons on Forgiveness
The final message in the “Can You Relate? Building Healthy Relationships with Friends and Family” series, this is part 2 of 2 in which we discuss in depth the final step to take in order to become a peacemaker.
God helps us to heal and rid ourselves from anger by forgiving. Ephesians 4:31-32 states: Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another,forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Start with forgiveness and then the rest will come naturally: getting rid of the garbage of bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, and slander; then, replace the old with compassion and kindness. It’s not enough…
Persecution and not peace is the norm for Christians. Our experience in America is the exception around the world today and in history. Jesus is worthy of our faith and devotion. If we will withstand persecution, we will be rewarded.
God is light. See 1 John 1:5 – 10. Light is truth. He has enabled us to see what the truth is like. Walking in this light with God should be our habitual way of living, but we all fall short and need God’s forgiveness.
We should not just give to be blessed and to receive more, for blessed are the poor as we learn in Luke 6:20. And the rich have already received their reward as mentioned in Luke 6:24. Our rewards are not always here on Earth, for the treasures on Earth will pass away. To be generous means that we give better and more than required. This is not just with our money and ambition, but also relationally. To be generous relationally…
We come to Jesus to remove guilt (which leads to forgiveness) and to remove shame (which leads to healing).