Hacking Life: Forgiveness
by Melodie Haas
For most people, Thanksgiving and Christmas bring many family and friends together. To me, it’s a time of pain and heartbreak, not just from my family but also friends.
It is a great time to start working on forgiving the pain others have caused. My Pastor Craig Groeschel is the head pastor of Life Church. As a Christian, I know I am supposed to forgive other people who hurt me. I’m just not sure how, and that is why I was looking forward to the new sermon series called, Grudge, at the church I attend.
Forgiveness is such a hard topic when you have been hurt by other people. Sometimes, the hurt I caused came from nowhere. For instance, someone who is still mad over something you did to their family over ten years ago.
Hindsight shows me that their expectations of my perfection were coming out of a hurt they had been holding onto but never discussed with me. Her family had forgiven me, so I had no idea this person was still holding onto the hurt. This person also never had grace for any anger or mistakes I would make.
I knew that this sermon series was going to hit my heart hard. Jesus forgave me. He even loves the mess I am and continues to forgive me every day. Not only that, but God takes care of me.
Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Forgiving someone does not mean you have to let them back in your life. That is for you and God to decide.
This is the flow Pastor Craig was speaking about, and he asked all of us how our flow is? Jesus forgives us, and then we need to forgive those who hurt and have caused us pain. He also said we need to ask to increase our faith to forgive so we can forgive those who have hurt us.
How is your flow?
You can find the sermon series here.
About the Author
Melodie Haas is a retired Veteran who loves Jesus. She is attending Liberty University online MAIS. She writes a blog about finding savings or hacks. You can connect with her online at her blog or on Twitter. You can read Melodie’s “Hacking Life” on the 2nd Friday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.