Reverend Jack spoke about the simplest definition of faith being bringing yourself and your needs to God. He also spoke about forgiveness being the greatest miracle because it’s already in place before you are even born. God has decided to leave our sins behind. Forgiveness is always there for us we just have to access it through our faith. God will always forgive when we ask. Reverend Jack went on to make several points about forgiveness.
Only God can forgive sins. You can’t make another person right before God or yourself either for that matter. You can only receive forgiveness by coming to God for it. It can be difficult to forgive someone who has really hurt you, but letting their sins against you go is a miracle and will provide you with peace.
God will always forgive, but it can’t be earned. Forgiveness is a gift. God has removed all the barriers and the path to Him is open. Anyone can come to God, all you have to do is respond in faith.
Forgiveness is a decision not a feeling. You choose to forgive. You may be angry, hurt and you may still think about it. Everyday you need to choose to put that behind you and eventually the feeling will catch up with your decision.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean reconciliation. Healthy relationships are built on trust and you can’t trust everyone. Even Jesus knew that. Forgiveness will set you free from resentment. Reverend Jack says that resentment is like drinking poison and hoping someone else will die. All of the feelings of anger, bitterness, and hate that you carry around only affect you. The other person is living their life oblivious to all of the baggage that you are holding onto. Forgiveness allows you to move on.
Forgiveness means that you try to heal every relationship possible and be at peace with them if you can. There may be times when the other person doesn’t acknowledge their part in what they’ve done to you, but you have the ability to remove all of the negativity on your end. In order for relationships to heal, you need to apologize for hurting someone as soon as you become aware of it. Is there someone you need to forgive?