Sermon: I Believe in Forgiveness
Theme: We are the people who live and practice a message of forgiveness that flows from God through all people who are willing to participate in God’s grace and healing mercy.
Purpose: The congregation will explore the process and work of forgiveness.
Scriptures: Luke 24:42-52 Jesus commissions the disciples to forgive sins and proclaim God’s love.
Colossians 3:1-4, 12-17 If you have been raised with Christ, seek what is above. Practice forgiveness.
Does forgiveness mean I have to like someone who wronged me? I believe in forgiveness but I’m still angry? What if I keep forgiving someone for the same thing? How many times do I have to do that? Is there a time limit or can we wait twenty years or so? What does it mean for us to retain the sins of someone? How do we practice forgiveness in a way that enables us to be healthy and joyful? What do we do when we are struggling to let go of hurt and pain? What causes us to have difficulties in forgiving?