Love That Forgives Our Sin

Have you every been hurt by someone? I know that I have. We have all been hurt by someone at sometime in our lives. The reason for this is the three letter word that we don’t like to talk about — sin. Sin destroys relationships. It has rippled effects that spread far and wide. 

Last week we celebrated holy week leading up to Resurrection Sunday. We celebrated the cross and the resurrection as the two events that showed God’s power over sin and death. We praised God for remembering that He has forgiven us for all the things we do in our lives to hurt Him.

But while we celebrate God forgiving us for the many things we do against Him, many times we do not pass on that same forgiveness toward our fellow man. While the cross and empty grave solved our relationship problem between us and God, we still have to work at our relationships with others. God loved us in such a way that He forgave our sin, but do we really seek to forgive those that hurt us?

Peter asked Jesus a very interesting question one day: “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.” (Matthew 18:21-22) I think Peter wanted to know when enough forgiveness was enough. In his mind forgiving someone seven times seemed like enough. But Jesus said seventy-seven times! He then told a parable about forgiving others.

We like the fact that God has forgiven us. We sing songs about it. We testify to others about it. But we should be willing to share that same forgiveness with those in this life that hurt us. Sure it’s hard. Sure we may feel that the person hurting us does not deserve forgiveness. But as followers of Christ we are called to live a life of loving others. Part of that means we have to be willing to forgive those that hurt us. 

I encourage us all today to take a look at people in our lives that we are holding grudges against. Let’s choose to move past those grudges, forgive those that have hurt us, and pray for them. We can choose to allow God to take care of the situation and do our best to love them the way God loves them. Let’s truly be defined by our love!

Pressing on Towards Heaven,

Pastor Ryan


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