Forgiving One Another (Colossians 3:13)Pastor Justin Pratt, June 29, 2014
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
"It’s the hardest thing to give away
And the last thing on your mind today
It always goes to those that don’t deserve
It’s the opposite of how you feel
When the pain they caused is just too real
It takes everything you have just to say the word…
The lyrics to Matthew West's song, Forgiveness, is a perfect description of what forgiveness is and how hard it is to give. In tonight's sermon, Forgiving One Another, Pastor Justin shows us what the Bible says about it. It's not easy. And often times it is not reciprocated. But it's Biblical. And it will truly set you free.
You've heard the excuses. "But you don't understand what they did, or how bad they hurt me. I just CAN'T. They won't forgive me, so I shouldn't have to forgive them. They have to apologize first."
But it Jesus can forgive us, regardless of what we've done, or how dirty and nasty we were, or how badly we offended Him, isn't it only fair that we open our hearts and forgive others?
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13Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. (KJV)