Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ever Sinned? Ever Been Sinned Against?

Have you ever sinned?
Have you ever been sinned against?

(The answer, of course, that I'm look for is, "Yes... DUH!")

If so, (ha, that means all of you) you NEED to listen to this sermon called An Intoxicating Forgiveness. It is by Dave Harvey, author of When Sinners Say "I Do". It is written from the standpoint of forgiveness within marriage, but it applies to ANY and ALL relationships. He basically works through the parable of the unforgiving servant. Remember that one? The king forgives a MASSIVE, UNTHINKABLE debt of a servant, who turns around and chokes and puts in prison someone who owes him a debt that is incredibly small in comparison.

How can we forgive those who wrong us?
What if we say "I forgive you" but the pain remains?
How do we avoid getting bitter?
What gives us the motivation to forgive from the heart?
Is it really biblical to forgive and forget?

These kind of things are discussed and more. If I had read the sermon, rather than listened to it, my highlighter would have gone dry.

Please, please listen to this sermon if you have ever sinned against others (even in small ways) or had others sin against you. :)

It is incredibly helpful.


sarahdodson said...

I really wish I could listen to that sermon. It sounds really good. BUT, my computer is s l o w, and my children occupy lots of time.

I know this is so simple, but I was thinking about forgiveness. The only One who never needed to be forgiven, forgave the most. How much more should we. What a humbling thought.

I love your posts! Keep it up:)

Shea Politte said...

I can't wait to listen to it!! My new post will tell you why!! I love your posts, Jamie!! Lord willing, I will be able to come with Sylas to T4G next month!! I would love to see you!!