This is part 2 of my two part blog post from a sermon by Rick Warren. “The Amazing Power of Forgiveness.” You can listen to his sermon hereThe Amazing Power of Forgiveness
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
(These are my thoughts based on Rick’s Sermon)
Pastor Rick asked two more questions in his sermon that I did not cover in my last post.
#4 You have not forgiven until you have forgotten the offense. True or false? That would be false.Rick tells us that forgiveness is not forgetting what happened. God does not always want us to forget.
Forgiving and then remembering the hurt and then seeing how God can work it for good is better than forgetting. I would agree with Rick. If I forget the pain and the hurt and how God helped me through how could I ever help others that I meet on the same path with the same pain?
In the sermon, he mentions that war, cancer, divorce, disease, death, rape, and abuse are evil. It is interesting how divorce ranks up with some of the worse possible things, and I would agree it sure can be. This is where Romans 8:28 comes in, “in all things God works for good”.
#5 When I see someone hurt it is my duty to forgive the offender. True or false? The answer is false. If I was not the one hurt how can I forgive? Forgiveness must come from the offended. I would agree. What power would it have coming from someone else?
You know how deeply and profoundly hurt I was when I was betrayed. Only you and people that have experienced this type of pain could understand the despair. I am four years out from the initial pain and I don’t want to forget. I don’t want to forget when I wanted to give up that instead you lifted me up and you held me. Through your word and your promises I now stand stronger. Help me Lord to use my experience to help others. Please direct my path.
I love you,