During church on Sundays I like to take notes on the Pastor’s message and record some of my takeaways.
I’ve decided to start this series, Sunday Notes on the blog as a way to share the message with you. My goal is to post it once a week and early in the week. Posting it on Sundays would be awesome, but life happens sometimes and I might not be able to get to it, like this week. But you can count on it early in the week.
Anyhow, here are my notes from this week’s message from Pastor Andrew Gard at Grace City Church in Lakeland, FL.
Why Forgiveness Matters
Scripture Matthew 18:21-35
- Forgiveness is a lifestyle of pursuit.
- Unforgiveness is a faulty defense mechanism that leads us to greater levels of unhealth.
- With the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to forgive.
- Be careful with casual conversation about something that has nothing to do with us and what it is creating inside us. We are putting ourselves in the seat of JUDGMENT. Instead of someone who dispenses GRACE and dispenses MERCY.
- Experienced grace is supposed to change us and yet too many times we forget that. We forget the depth at which we have received grace.
- Sometimes when people don’t get what we think they deserve we think it’s up to us.
- A lot of things that Jesus asks us to do seems impossible, because we often think we have to do it alone. We think we have to do it alone, but God goes with us, God gives us the capability and the strength.
- What’s awesome about forgiveness is you will get a lot of practice, because we do life with sinful people. Including ourselves.
- Often when we need to forgive we hit that “remind me tomorrow” button and it weighs on us. It starts to feel like we’re carrying a backpack filled with bricks.
- We think unforgiveness serves us. We think Unforgiveness is a weapon. Once we forgive we lose the ability to “get them back” for what they did to us. We hold onto it and it weighs us down. It takes over our life!!!! We hold onto all of the things we need to forgive, because we don’t know when we will need to use it against them. We think that unforgiveness is serving us and protecting us, but what we don’t realize is that we are carrying the bricks of unforgiveness. At some point we don’t know what to do with all the rage. It becomes our security blanket.
- The awesome thing is we have a HOPE in Jesus Christ. We get to bring our burdens and lay them down. If we have the courage to lay down the bricks we are carrying, we will see that there is nothing that we are carrying that Jesus can’t handle. AMEN!!!!
Hopefully there is something from these notes to take with you.
I know for me that forgiveness is one of the hardest things for me to give. One of my biggest takeaways is the statement below.
“Experienced grace is supposed to change us and yet too many times we forget that. We forget the depth at which we have received grace. ”
I know that I have personally been forgiven for many things in my life. I have received a lot of grace from others yet sometimes I’m quick to not show the same grace in return.
I pray that these notes and this message helps someone who needs to hear them.
Have a blessed week!