Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 12, 2007
"Forgiveness is radical Forgiveness dissolves alienation, brings reconciliation, restoration and renewal. Forgiveness is the most radical force in
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Dec 31, 2008
Forgiveness is Freedom
Forgiveness is surrendering my right to hurt you for hurting me. Forgiveness does not pretend there was no offense; it does not dismiss wrongdoing. It does not say, "Oh, that's all right; forget it." True forgiveness is realistic.
Lewis Smedes gave a great definition:
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 13, 2009
The late great English religious writer and philanthropist, Hannah More (1745 - 1833) once said: "Forgiveness is the economy of the heart...forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits."
The late great American Protestant theologian,
Contributed by Sermon Central on Sep 16, 2002
INCENTIVE TO FORGIVE
General Oglethorpe once said to John Wesley, "I never forgive and I never forget." To which Wesley replied, "Then, Sir, I hope you never sin."
Maybe the Reverend Wesley based his reply on our text or maybe on Matthew 7: 1 & 2 where it says we will be judged the way we judge.
Contributed by Bobby Stults on Aug 11, 2007
Forgiveness is not about making the other person right in what they did… forgiveness is about 2 things, first it is obedience to your calling as a Child of God, and 2nd it is an instrument that frees you from the
Contributed by Sermon Central on Dec 30, 2022
A few months ago, I was in El Paso holding an evangelistic meeting, and the young people were serving dinner to the mothers being that it was Mother’s Day. I was seating in a chair watching what was going on, and right in front, a four-year-old girl pushed a two-year-old boy, who fell on the floor
I MUST FORGIVE
Sister Helen Prejean, in her book Dead Man Walking, tells the story of Lloyd LeBlanc, a Roman Catholic layman, whose son was murdered. When he arrived in the field with the sheriff’s deputies to identify his son, LeBlanc immediately knelt by his boy’s body and prayed the Lord’s
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 18, 2007
Dr. Lewis Smedes, wrote about what forgiveness is not.
• When you forgive a person, this does not mean you are immediately healed.
• When you forgive a person, this does not mean you are going to be buddy/buddy.
• When we forgive a person, this does not mean we surrender the right to restitution
Contributed by Sermon Central on Aug 24, 2002
GENERATION TO GENERATION
A little girl called out, "Mommy, you know that vase china cabinet, the one that’s been handed down from generation to generation?"
Yes, dear, I know which one you mean, what about it?
"Well, Mommy, I’m sorry, but this generation just dropped it!"
Now some earthly
THIS IS FORGIVENESS
I once invited a guest lecturer to speak to a counseling class I was teaching and ask him to specifically discuss the topic forgiveness. He told a powerful story from his own life that day to illustrate his point that we should forgive.
His brother had many struggles, and
Contributed by Steve Malone on Feb 2, 2021
It was in a church in Munich that I saw him, a balding heavyset man in a gray overcoat, a brown felt hat clutched between his hands. People were filing out of the basement room where I had just spoken, moving along the rows of wooden chairs to the door at the rear.
It was 1947 and I had come from
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jul 13, 2009
IN WHOSE PRESENCE YOU STAND
On March 22, 1824 an incident took place in Madison County, Indiana, which came to be known as the Fall Creek Massacre. Six white men murdered nine Seneca and Miami Indians and wounded another. Among the nine dead were three women and four children. The six men were
Contributed by Donnie Martin on May 11, 2010
How may we be forgiven? Some people may think they can outrun the judgment. A Spaniard committed a murder at a castle many years ago. He jumped upon a horse and rode wildly into the night. He rode for hours to escape. Finally, exhausted, he lay down to sleep for a couple of hours. When he awoke it
Contributed by Ken Henson on Jul 5, 2012
NOW SHE UNDERSTANDS
A lady had two children. The older son was 7 years old and the little girl about 2½ years old. She heard this terrible scream upstairs and as she ran upstairs she found out that the little girl was pulling the hair of her brother. He was crying out in pain. The mother
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 20, 2006
Not A Sin: Born again adults are twice as likely as non-born agains (24% vs. 10%) to agree divorce without adultery is a sin, finds a new Barna Group survey. However, 52% of born agains disagree that divorce without adultery is sin. 74% of all non-born again adults disagree with the statement. 58%
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jun 18, 2007
I’m told that there is a church in Texas that debated over the issue of telling a lie. Some felt that there were some occasions in which a little white lie was acceptable. The others felt that there was never an occasion in which a lie of any kind was acceptable. The discussion got so
Contributed by Brian Matherlee on Aug 17, 2006
Abel is included in the Faith chapter for one reason—generosity.
Years ago on Candid Camera, children were used in an experiment about generosity. The children were placed by themselves in a room with a plate of cookies. On the plate were at least two cookies, there may have been more, but one