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Forgiveness: Is it possible?
If you’ve ever been hurt. If you’ve ever hurt someone else. If you’ve ever been too hard on yourself. You’re in the right place.
Start giving your bitterness to Jesus each morning
Reconcile with an old friend
Start showing kindness to someone who wronged you
Finally forgive yourself for past mistakes
… or any other form of forgiveness, we want you to take a tangible step to commit to embracing forgiveness. And we want to pray for you.
Text “Forgiven” to 855-339-2936 right now. You are drawing a line in the sand that you are committed to offering, seeking, and accepting forgiveness.
We’ll pray for you as you continue your forgiveness journey! Seriously, there is power in prayer and we want to pray specifically for you.
2. There’s one story left.
Read the greatest forgiveness story of all time in John 17-20. Whether it’s your first time or hundredth time reading the story, it will show you just how much God loves you and just how much He sacrificed to make sure you have a clean slate.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Have you ever been angry at God? Jordan Feliz and his wife experienced this after a devastating miscarriage, but in the end, it taught them something incredible.
Here’s Jordan’s full song called “Never Too Far Gone.” It was inspired by the story you just heard and is super catchy!
23 “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. 24 In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. 25 He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt.
26 “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ 27 Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.
28 “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.
29 “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. 30 But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.
31 “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. 32 Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ 34 Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.
35 “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”
Forgiveness is a must if you love Jesus. That’s what Brant Hansen believes. He gets to the nitty-gritty of this a story and his reasoning (in a highly amusing way) in today’s video.
Brant also did a great TED Talk on being un-offendable. You can check it out below.
3 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye[a] when you have a log in your own?
What does forgiveness look like within a marriage? Wally from The Wally Show talks with his wife, Mardi, about what it has looked like for them. She has some great insights on the role that prayer plays into the everyday life of sticking by someone – even when it’s hard.
“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”
Bart Millard from MercyMe grew up in an abusive home. He knows what it’s like to struggle with reconciliation and forgiveness. He tells his story and shares how God has taught him to respond throughout his journey to forgiveness.
“If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. 4 Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”
What started as some college drama turned into an important spiritual journey for Jonny Diaz. Forgiveness is a journey and in today’s video, Jonny paints a very practical picture of what that can look like in everyday life.
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
37 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.
What does it mean to forgive both wisely AND recklessly? Carlos from The Carlos & Joy Show uses an unexpected analogy to explain something that will impact your everyday life.
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding. 6Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
What about someone who has been wronged in an unfathomable way? Is forgiveness even possible or expected from them? Mike Weaver from Big Daddy Weave had a young lady come up to him after a show and tell him this story. It’s a heavy one, but the ending is powerful.
Watch the official music video to the song that meant so much to the woman in Mike’s story. It’s called “Redeemed.”