Loving Like Jesus – Forgiving

In order to love like Jesus, you need to forgive. By doing that, the direction of your life will change and you will be free to live a life fully devoted to Jesus. Pastor Michael spoke about the amazing display of forgiveness that was given by Jesus while He was on the cross. Right to the very end, He was teaching us how to love by asking God to forgive the people who were beating, mocking and nailing Him to the cross. Jesus continued to pray for those participating in the unforgiveable. Jesus paid the price for all of humanity by giving unconditional forgiveness for our let downs, mess ups and sins. He provides you with unlimited second chances, which should make you want to extend that same forgiveness and love to others. You should forgive as you have been forgiven, but how do you do that? You pray for the people who have wronged you. That type of love is difficult, unnatural and requires action. You have to make the decision every day to forgive. Forgiveness doesn’t mean letting the person who hurt you off the hook. It means that you have given that hurt to God and are allowing Him to be the judge and jury for that person. Holding on to that pain is like carrying around dead weight that will rot you from the inside out. Nothing good ever comes out of holding a grudge. Let forgiveness in. It can’t change the past, but it will definitely change your future.