Something we all have in common is our need for forgiveness. We all are in constant need of God’s forgiveness and there are times when we are in need of forgiveness from a brother or sister. None of us are perfect, let’s face it, we do dumb things we shouldn’t do, so we all need forgiveness from one another. It becomes difficult and even a little awkward when it’s you that has to give forgiveness to someone who has hurt or offended you. That’s tough and easier to avoid and ignore that situation then to in humility offer forgiveness. We can’t settle for what’s easy and convenient, we must do what God expects Christians to do.
As we prepare to say goodbye to 2017, I feel the best way to end this year is by studying the topic of forgiveness. My plan is to preach December 10th, 17th, and 24th on “The Joy of Forgiveness”. I will break that topic down into three specific areas that we will cover. First of all, we’ll discuss “Forgiveness From God.” Then we will discuss “Forgiving Others” and we’ll end with “Forgiving Ourselves”. Forgiveness plays a huge role in our lives, so we need to be reminded of what God’s Word says about it.
“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”(Mt.6:14-15)