You Are Forgiven

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Forgiveness has been a reoccurring topic I've been learning about the past couple of weeks. The message at church was about forgiveness two weeks ago and it was life changing. Here's what I got out of it: 

1. Unforgivness will torment you - we must take innitiative 

2. Unforgivness doesn't reflect Jesus' character - we cannot hold trespasses against others, Jesus does NOT hold our trespasses against us!! 

3. Forgiveness is NOT apathy, adjudication, or standing up for justice. 

4. We can feel the pain, but we must forgive. Jesus did exactly this on the cross. 

Despite being Jesus' enemy, He still died and forgave you of all that you have done. In a world filled with people crying "we want justice!" to anything and everything, the world will certainly not understand why you would forgive someone that has hurt you. 

But we do it, because we are commanded to. Because Jesus forgave us, and we didn't deserve it. Because that's where true freedom and life is. 

true life came from forgiveness.

Who do you need to forgive? what are the barriers keeping you from initiating this conversation with someone who has hurt you? 

"Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God."

- 2 Corinthians 5:17-20