"When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners ." Romans 5:6-8 NLT
In this passage of scripture the Bible talks about going through trials and tribulations. These trials and tribulations are designed to build our character so that we become more Christ-like. (Trials produces endurance, endurance - strength of character - strength of character turns into confidence in hope). When we become more Christ-like we are able to forgive others even when they are wrong or we are not at fault simply because that's exactly what Christ did for us. We were and often still are, sinners, yet God/Jesus did not hold that against us and choose to not forgive us. He loves us despite of ourselves and our mess and continues to forgive us daily. Because of this we too should forgive others daily no matter what.
Pastor Shawn always says that, “forgiveness doesn't make you wrong or right, but it frees you.” Don't allow unforgiveness to hold you back from the freedom that Jesus gave to us by dying for our sins. When trying to decide whether or not to forgive someone just think about where we would be if Jesus hadn't forgiven us.
Prayer God, I thank You for the gift of forgiveness. Thank You for forgiving me when I did nothing to deserve it. Father, I pray that You would prick the hearts of Your children who struggle with unforgiveness. I pray that they will be able to find forgiveness for that past hurt, friend, or family member. I pray that they will walk in the freedom that You have destined for us to have. I also pray that you would continue to give us strength to endure the trials of life so that we may continue to become more like You. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Brittney Carmona, Production Team
North Braddock Campus