Summary: God promises that He will forgive if we are willing to ask Him for forgiveness.
Recap-We have looked at faithfulness, wisdom, peace, purpose, and today his forgiveness. Some parts of this sermon were gleamed from sermons on SermonCentral and Illustrations I found there.
This morning we will look at forgiveness.
Forgiveness is something that all people desire and seek, but most cannot do themselves.
Un-forgiveness haunts us in every aspect of our lives. Our relationship with God, our relationship with others, and yes, even our forgiving ourselves.
We pick and choose who we will forgive so we struggle believing that God not only loves us but freely will forgive us if we would ask Him.
Let’s define forgiveness. Both what God says about forgiveness and how the world without God looks at forgiveness.
“To give up a resentment of a claim; to pardon one’s enemies.”
What is God’s definition of forgiveness?
Before we can answer that question, we must have an idea of who God is and how we obtain forgiveness from God.
Most look at God as a candyman. Whatever you do, whatever you say God will be understanding and forgiving and will reward you. It is not based upon your behavior but on theGod who forgives. That is a half truth. People who grab the half truth are the same people who have a hard time believing that a loving God would let anything bad happen to us, and when it does, they blame God for allowing it to happen.
God is a holy God! God cannot tolerate sin. God has provided a way for our sin.
Sin had to be dealt with. God is not okay and will not rub shoulders with sin.
God sent Jesus Christ to atone for or take care of sin in our lives.
His death, burial, and resurrection were the payment for sin in mankind.
God offers forgiveness freely, but it comes at the foot of the cross. Forgiveness comes to us in Jesus name!
God freely offers forgiveness, but it came at a cost.
It comes through Jesus Christ. For us to be forgiven it has to come from Jesus.
The Pharisee’s invited Jesus to dinner. That had to be a moment, because Jesus and the legalistic Pharisee’s got along so well. We know the Pharisee’s were not there to learn from Jesus, but to entrap Jesus.
When a women who had lived a sinful life came to the feet of Jesus.
I am convinced that she had heard Jesus preach and that she had repented and was determined to live a new life.
I believe she came to Jesus knowing that she could be forgiven.
She came out of gratitude and she brought Jesus the best she had. (Her alabaster box of perfume.)
While Jesus reclined, she wiped his feet with her tears and her hair and poured herself out to him.
I believe she had intended to anoint his head, but settled at the feet of Jesus.
(39) “When the Pharisees who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, if this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of women she is.”
That she is a sinner!
Jesus does not even respond to the Pharisees, but directs his attention to Simon.