Forgiveness – it’s always right!

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins” (Ephesians 1:7).  Are you thankful for the forgiveness of Jesus Christ? He forgives us completely.  He loves us thoroughly.

Corrie Ten Boom was living in Nazi Germany during the murder of untold numbers of Jewish people.  Her family would hide multiple people in a secret room in their home.  The Ten Boom family was betrayed and arrested.  Corrie and her sister spent 10 months in the brutal Nazi concentration camps.  She had this amazing statement: “There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.”  I am thankful for the DEEP forgiveness of God … that met me where I am.

Forgiveness.  Let me tell you … it’s not always easy, but it is always right.  Its not just about the one who needs it … it is also about the one who GIVES it!   

Here’s what I have learned by walking through true forgiveness – we may be products of our past, but we do not need to be prisoners to it.  Unresolved issues burns bridges, buries friendship, breaks families, belittles others & burdens the bitter!

Hebrews 12:15 … “Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.”  The writer of Hebrews was saying that POISON – that bitterness … that unresolved issue – which starts internal – always becomes external – that internal poison will definitely infect the people around us – ultimately destroying marriages, families and friendships.

Buddy Hackett:  “I’ve had a few arguments with people, but I never carry a grudge. You know why? While you’re carrying a grudge, they’re out dancing.”  Man, how true is that?  Here’s the thing … while we are holding on to issues at someone or are angry with that person – they could care less – they are going about life and we are holding on to the past.

I have met people that live in the past!  It is a very sad place to be … they walk around down, defeated and discouraged.  They rain on everyone else’s parade.  Church, you were made for blessing … not bitterness.

If we hold on to those hurts it will keep us from going to the next level.

1 Comment

  1. Katherine says:

    Keeping in mind that I have heard you preach somewhere near 500 messages if not a billion more, this was one of the most amazing. Honestly PT, so HONORED to even know you. Thanks for being so open this past sunday and truly using your experiences to influence otheres and cause them to grow. So much love and respect for you “pop” don’t have the words or space to say how truly amazing this past sunday was. Thanks for being REAL!

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