Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us…
The call to forgive others is so clear in scripture. Some of Jesus’ most biting words were warnings against anyone who would say they desire forgiveness from God but refuse to extend it to others.
A few weeks ago, we worked through a number of passages and outlined some processes towards seeking forgiveness or extending grace. This Sunday, August 20th, we will conclude this summer series a special time of worship and sharing stories.
Who have you offered a Second Chance and forgiven?
Who have you been forgiven by?
These stories we will celebrate.
Who do you need for forgive?
Who do you need to extend forgiveness towards?
These stories we will lift up in prayer.
Learning to forgive and ask for forgiveness has been a hard process in my life. I’m by nature a grudger and an Ice Man. I have a tendency to hold on to offenses and freeze people out of my life. But I’m learning that when I do that, I’m really hurting myself as well as grieving the Holy Spirit.
I hope that this series and especially this service will be a time of revelation and healing. Maybe for some, it’s hard to imagine sharing their stories and asking for prayer. But the word reminds us that when we confess our struggles, God moves in very powerful ways to bring healing and cleansing to our souls. And in the end, we will walk closer with everyone around us.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)