Forgiveness Series – Part 1

The Power of Forgiveness:
Have you thought of forgiveness lately?
Have you done something that needs forgiveness?
Do you need to forgive someone?
What would forgiveness bring to your soul?
It is my belief that forgiveness, among many other church teachings, is at the core of salvation. So we should all dedicate some of our attention to the use and purpose of forgiveness in a person’s life. Whether a person be a Buddhist, a Muslim, an atheist, a Christian, an Animist, or a scientist, we all need to embrace forgiveness at some point in life.
In this sermon series, we will be focusing on the need and process to forgive self, and others. We’ll be talking about the need to let go, and the need to forget when possible.
Are you holding any grudges against someone right now?
Are you mad at God?
Were you hurt so bad that forgiveness seems like a mirage to you?
In Matthew 18:21-22, Peter knew that forgiveness would not be an easy task, so he went to our Good Lord Jesus Christ and asked:
“Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
How do you forgive the same person seventy times seven? Should we take this literally?
It is my hope that at the end of this sermon series on forgiveness you would gather vital heavenly tools for yourselves, so you can use it whenever the need to forgive arises.
Think about the Power of forgiveness.
Excerpt from Secrets of Heaven 6561.
… That it is by command of the church that everyone ought to forgive his brother or neighbor, is evident from the Lord’s words in Matthew:
Peter said unto Jesus, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? until seven times? Jesus saith to him, I say not until seven times, but until seventy times seven (Matt. 18:21, 22).
But it was ingrained in the Jewish nation that they should never forgive, but should hold as an enemy everyone who had in any way injured them, and they then thought it allowable to hate him, and to treat him as they chose, even to kill him. The reason was that this nation was in externals alone without what is internal, thus was in no command of the internal church. This was the reason why the brethren of Joseph were so much afraid that Joseph would hate them, and would requite evil to them.