Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts that we receive from our heavenly Father. To think that He sent His son Jesus Christ to live on this earth, die and raise from the dead so that I could be forgiven and establish an everlasting relationship with Him is so amazing. To be honest- it’s hard to believe God would love me that much! Yet, many Christians are kept on the sidelines because of this missing element in their lives- forgiveness.
Many are limping through life because they have been wounded by another persons actions and they can’t forgive them because it would let them off the hook. I do not minimize your wound and yet I know God wants to heal you. This healing begins to happen when you choose to forgive the one who wounded you as difficult as that seems. I have talked to so many people whose wound was unfathomable. Some experienced abandonment, rape, abuse and other horrible acts of evil. Yet, I hear stories of restoration only when the victim chooses to forgive their aggressor. Many times I also encourage people to get help navigating the healing process by visiting a Christian counselor. If you need a recommendation for a counselor- please contact me. Here are some links that may help you understand God’s plan and process for forgiving.
- 6 Misconceptions about forgiveness
- I can’t get past the pain [a message I preached]
- How to forgive someone who has hurt you
- Practicing forgiveness in marriage
- Healing the Hurts we don’t Deserve [book]
Some people struggle with believing they are forgiven by God. Their acts were so evil or vile they believe they can never be forgiven. Here are some links that may help.
This link is for a Bible Study on forgiveness.
If you missed this past Sunday here is the link where the message will be uploaded as well as previous messages [click the pic]