Here is a tough truth- Forgiveness always costs the forgiver more. We can try to avoid the cost, minimize the cost and even deny it. But, when we choose to forgive we will always pay the bigger price… You don’t have to look far in scripture to discover this truth. Who paid the bigger price to forgive you? Was it you or God? Forgiveness is much easier to write than to live out. In fact, in over 30 years of ministry and talking with people- one issue stands above the rest- Forgiveness. I am asked often or told:
- Do I have to forgive?
- I don’t think I can forgive, do you know what they did?
- They need to pay me back first.
- Why forgive? They did it on purpose.
Forgiveness does not minimize the hurt you have experienced, it is real. Nor would I try to say- “Well, if you just understood them better you might be able to forgive them.” Forgiveness operates on a different level. Jesus said this:
- But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. Mark 11:25
The Apostle Paul says this:
- (31) Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. (32) Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:31-32
A simple definition I like is- Forgiveness is deciding they don’t owe me anymore. So this weekend we will talk about forgiveness- what it is and what it is not and how to get there. Do you have a wound or hurt that you cannot seem to release and is causing you to miss God’s best? Make your plans- you want to hear this message…