Sermon

How can I Forgive when it hurt so bad

Colossians 3: 12:17

12 You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. 14 And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity. 15 The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Christ's message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts. 17 Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father

Last year I set out to help someone I considered a friend. That same individual not only turned against me but tried to discredit me. This act of unkindness hurt to the very core of my heart. I must be honest; my first instinct was to retaliate. However, I took some time to think about by situation in relation to the things my Saviour endured yet He had compassion enough to ask for forgiveness for his persecutors.    

What in meaning of Forgiveness: Forgiveness is the act of pardoning an offender. In the Bible, the Greek word translated "forgiveness" literally means "to let go," as when a person does not demand payment for a debt. Jesus used this comparison when he taught his followers to pray: "Forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is in debt to us." (Luke 11:4) Likewise, in his parable of the unmerciful slave, Jesus equated forgiveness with canceling a debt.—Matthew 18:23-35.

I also looked at the life of Joseph (Gen 37-41). He could have allowed un-forgiveness and bitterness to take root and dictate his life. He was mistreated and abused by his family; unjustly accused and punished; and forgotten by those he trusted yet he was able to grasp the eternal perspective of forgive.

Some of you have been hurt so much and so deeply that forgiveness seems like an enormous effort but I am here to say to you this day, that if you believe and truly trust in God, the life giving creator of our universe then ask (Matt 7:7) for His help in this area of your life. It's only with his help that we can even begin to heal our broken hearts (Ps 147:3). We have all tried in vain to live life on our terms but life has taught me one unchanging truth:  true victory and lasting change only comes through obedience to God.  

People may never know or understand the pain you feel nor do I wish to minimize the horrendous things some people have suffered through but I do want to encourage you to start the process of forgiving those who have hurt you because unresolved pain will only grow heavier and places distance between you and God. 

Forgiveness is act of obedience to God (Mark 11:25).  Eph. (4:32) and Col (3:13), are just a few references that come to mind that tells us, the children of the Most High God, outright to be kind, compassion and to forgive. There are no exceptions or wiggle room to avoid these requirements.  I cannot image a reason good enough to tell the Lord on the day of judgement.  I sincerely encourage you to start the process of forgiving those who have hurt you. Choose not to retaliate, seek God, seek Godly counsel and shed light on the situation.  My hope is that you find the freedom that only God can provide.

What did I learned: I've learned that even when it's hard to forgive, I'm actually choosing between living burdened and living free. I'm choosing between standing still and moving forward. And ultimately, I'm choosing to reflect the grace I've received and pass it on to those who have wronged me.  

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