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 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 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
Contributed by Sermoncentral 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
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 Sermoncentral on Jun 9, 2002
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 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,
I feel more comfortable when I can see the extent of my obligations. That brings light to the lesson of Peter in Matthew 18.
Peter was concerned about how many times he should forgive his neighbor. Peter knew what the rabbis had to say on the topic. They had read the
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 30, 2009
FORGIVENESS AND THE RHONE
The RHONE RIVER begins its journey in the Switzerland Alps, some 5000 feet above sea level. It is one of the most important commercial waterways in France, stretching more than 500 miles in length. The river that glistens and sparkles through France, however, is much
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
Contributed by Davon Huss on Feb 15, 2010
FORGIVING AND FORGETTING
Mr. Peale tells a story about a man who suffered from many health problems: headaches, skin troubles, gastric disturbances, insomnia. It did not take Mr. Peale long to discover that one basic cause was the burning anger that he felt toward his brother. The brother, the
Contributed by Bret Toman on Nov 26, 2011
Philip Yancey in Rumours of Another World shares a story of the remarkable. The story of an atrocity that happened during the days of apartheid in South Africa and the reconciliation that followed in a court room many years later.
A policeman named Van de Broek recounted
Contributed by Davon Huss on Dec 12, 2011
A wonderful example of how to practice the lifestyle of grace comes from an incident in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on October 2, 2006, when a man entered an Amish schoolhouse and murdered 5 girls while wounding 5 others before killing himself. As horrific as this
Contributed by Josh Hunt on Feb 15, 2012
FORGIVE AND FORGET
There's a wonderful story about the cardinal of the Philippines, named, oddly enough, Cardinal Sin. When Cardinal Sin was a bishop, a young woman in his parish claimed that she had visions of Jesus. Bishop Sin was given the task of determining if these visions were authentic.
Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jun 9, 2011
Fifteen years ago in Houston, a man named Ron Flowers accidentally shot school teacher Deirdra Washington through a car window during the course of a failed drug deal and was sent to prison for 35 years. Her family was consumed, destroyed by grief and anger. For 14 years