Pastor Mike has been preaching on forgiveness over the past two Sundays with the parable of the unforgiving servant. This is a powerful story of a person who was granted forgiveness, but didn’t learn to forgive after being forgiven his entire debt. Basically, God gave us ultimate forgiveness, and yet we are so slow to show that same forgiveness to others. A very powerful parable and a tremendously valuable lesson.
I actually do well with forgiving others. It’s how I manage to deal with folks who don’t forgive me that is my big issue. In professional ministry we run across folks who get mad at us (professional ministers), get mad at a church decision, don’t like something the church is doing or did, etc. In that process they simply get mad and leave, forever holding a grudge against the church or pastor. I have to tell you . . . that tears me up. You would think a group of Christians would forgive one another and move on. Believe me, I know that moving on is hard – I’ve had to forgive some doozees in my life . . . things that some may not be able to forgive. But, I do. I do because God calls me to. Do I forget the hurt caused to me by the transgression? No (but sometimes I wish I could). But I move on and let go of it. I wish “church folks” could do the same. When issues come up, pastors do or say something to make folks mad, when things just irritate, why not just pray and forgive?
I’m not trying to simplify this complicated issue, but I am trying to urge us all to have the heart of Christ . . . to forgive without strings attached . . . to let go of it and move forward in HIS name . . . to live a forgiven, grace-filled life in Christ. Imagine what our world would be like if we all actually lived as forgiven and forgiving people?
Here is Mike’s sermon – part 1. A great message!