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,
God will not condemn you for being born a sinner but
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 12, 2007
"Forgiveness is radical Forgiveness dissolves alienation, brings reconciliation, restoration and renewal. Forgiveness is the most radical force in
Contributed by Lonnie Erwin on Sep 24, 2007
Illustrations: Forgiveness Is Strength
Christian forgiveness should not be a refusal of strength, but rather ought to manifest an alternative power; Christian love, whether of neighbors or of enemies, should be a sign not of repressed anger and hatred but of anger and hatred confronted and,
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FORGIVENESS IS HEALING
A London psychiatrist once told Dr. Billy Graham that 70% of the people in treatment in England could be released if they could find forgiveness. Their problem, he said, was guilt, and they could find no relief from the grief and pressure under which they lived.
There's great power in our hands. It's the power to forgive a jerk-bully, a jerk-cheater, a jerk-thief. It’s powerful because it's unexpected. Jerks expect us to cry, run, or take revenge. The last thing they expect is forgiveness. That's why it's so disarming. Forgive them
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 12, 2008
The Persistence in Forgiveness
After sixteen years as a missionary on the continent of Africa. David Livingstone returned Scotland to address the students at Glasgow University. His body had been ravaged by some 27 fevers that had overtaken him during his years of service. One arm hung useless
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 Sermoncentral 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 Ramon Canals on Jun 5, 2009
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
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 20, 2002
How can we understand forgiveness if we haven’t recognized the depth of our
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A FATHER'S FORGIVENESS
In his book, What’s So Amazing About Grace , Phillip Yancey tells the story of Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway grew up in a very devout evangelical family, and yet there he never experienced the grace of Christ. He lived a libertine life that most of us would call "dissolute"…
Contributed by Dana Chau on Jun 25, 2002
A PREREQUISITE TO FORGIVENESS
A pastor finished his message early one Sunday, (and that pastor was not me) and he wanted to check his congregation’s understanding. So he asked, "Can anyone tell me what you must do before you can obtain forgiveness of sin?"
There was a short pause and then,
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 13, 2002
Two decades ago (1981) there was an attempt on the life of Pope John Paul. Fortunately, the Pope lived.
After he recovered, he shocked the world when he made a visit to Rome’s Rabbibia Prison to see the man who had attempted to assassinate him on Christmas day. Millions watched
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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
Contributed by Paul Wallace on Sep 6, 2004
Forgiveness in Action
Pastor Hayes a man in his middle forties, was well-loved by his congregation, and faithful to God and to his family. He enjoyed a successful ministry in an exuberantly vital, growing church. Just when everything seemed to be going well, a cloud came over this man and his
Contributed by Greg Buchner on May 9, 2005
Transient Forgiveness (Illustrations Unlimited)
Two little brothers, Harry and James, had finished supper and were playing until bedtime. Somehow, Harry hit James with a stick, and tears and bitter words followed. Charges and accusations were still being exchanged as their mother prepared them
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 6, 2010
Restitution and Forgiveness
Keith Drury is a writer from the Wesleyan Church and in one of his books he touches on this whole subject of restoring relationships when talking about restitution. This is what he says.
"Restitution deals with more than property. It is also going back and making