Sermon: Forgiven, As We Forgive
Theme: It is only through letting go of the sins and offenses of others that we are able to made right in our relationship with God and with one another.
Purpose: The congregation will recommit to forgiving and letting go of hostility, bitterness, and resentment.
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Be reconciled to God, do not regard anyone from a “human” point of view.
Matthew 18:23-35 The parable of the unforgiving servant.
How does bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness affect our relationship with God? If we do not forgive others and hold grudges, what happens to our ability to experience God’s love and grace in our own lives? In what ways does our gratitude for the love and acceptance that God has for us affect our ability to love and accept the differences in others? In what ways are guilt, low self-worth, and a sense of being judged signs that we have not let go of the hostility and anger we have for others? What practical steps can we do to release others of our judgment and hostility?
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