The Power of Forgiveness
Sermon shared by Rick Hope
Summary: Many times, the one thing that paralyzes us is the unwillingness to seek forgiveness or the bitter spirit that wonít grant it to someone else.
Series: Journey Through the Scriptures
Audience: Believer adults
Isnít it awesome that this is exactly how God is? He doesnít hold the past against us. He runs to meet us and then welcomes us home. What is keeping you from being the servant tha you should be? What is it you are afraid that God wonít forgive. Trust me, He will. He loves you and just like Esau was with Jacob, God longs to welcome you back.
And the we are to remember that we are to be like Him and be forgiving of others.
Consider Matthew 6:14-15.
"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
You see, to forgive someone in a way that honors our Savior is to not only forgive but to forget. Stop and consider salvation. When we accept Jesus and what the Lord has one for us, He gives us a clean slate. Thatís what we are supposed to do when it comes to forgiving others. We are to forgive as Christ has forgiven us and be done with it.
In our text today, do you one time see Esau bringing up the past? No!
It amazes me how some can claim to be such excellent servants of Christ but have relationships that go unmended and hurt feelings that have not been resolved.
In order to be the servants of Christ we ought to be,we have to be right in our relationships. And that means forgiving and forgetting!
Things started fresh and new for Jacob and Esau that day. Jacob had been carrying around some unresolved issues for years. He knew he had done wrong. He had experienced the consequences of those wrongs. And he had learned from them. He was now a stronger person. God had given him a new name and a new life.
But there was something left undone.
He had not sought forgiveness from Esau.
And now this had been done and oh, the freedom that Jacob experienced.
Someone here today desperately needs to seek forgiveness from another. Maybe itís a family member. Maybe itís a business associate. Maybe itís a friend. And maybe they are right here in this very room. Maybe itís even your Pastor. Something has happened and it made you angry. I mean blistering angry. Since then, God has dealt with you and you have learned from the experience. Yet you still feel empty. Something remains undone.
Forgiveness. Today, during the invitation...take time to do that very thing. Donít let another minute go by until youíve taken care of the issues you have with another. We are on the brink of some great things in this church and to be honest, you may be the one holding it up. Your refusal to swallow some pride and move on may be dragging the whole church down because of disobedience. Obey today. Seek the awesome freedom that forgivness in Christ can provide.
And some of you today will be in the position of Esau. Someone has done you wrong and today, God has convicted them and they are coming to you to seek forgiveness. Please be an Esau! Donít be bullheaded. God forgave you of your sins and indiscretion without a second thought... please do the same for them!
We are a church poised to do some amazing things in our community. In April, we will have a revival and I am looking forward to filling that place up as we bring others in. But revival cannot take place when an unforgiving
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