Sermons on Forgiveness
The next piece of armor we are going to look at is the breastplate; Paul weaves this armor with the spiritual characteristic of righteousness. How are we to understand this? How are we to respond?
We can have a new label which overrides all the other labels we might be carrying. This new label is redeemed.
There is an unfortunate truth that all of us must deal with, we are failures in the context of our relationship with God. None of us can escape this failure, and unless we find a solution, we will remain failures/
We all have one; a past. For many of us, our past is filled with poor choices and regrets over things we have said or done. We wish we could forget our past. Because we can’t, for many people the past becomes what defines our present. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way.
Our journey to the heart of God has been illuminating. We have seen His heart for the hurting, for the outcasts, for the doubters, and for the faithful that need encouragement. Now, we see where the journey ends; at a cross where Jesus will die for our sins.
As our journey to experience the heart of God continues we take a stop at a well. We see something that is eye-opening, God has a heart for outcasts!
We can all relate to this, it’s called failure. It can seem so final, so devastating to who we are. I’m sure that Joshua felt this way after the men of Israel were defeated at Ai. How was he supposed to lead them back into battle? How was he ever going to be used by God again? Certainly, his failure meant that he was done, right?
There is one obstacle that we, humans, are incapable of overcoming. That obstacle is sin. No matter what method we choose to try, we cannot overcome sin apart from Jesus. We take a look at Jesus on this Easter Sunday, and how He overcame sin on our behalf!
Life is somewhat unforgiving, we rarely get a second chance at something when we fail the first time. Well, unless we’re dealing with Jesus…
While we, humans, must learn to love carefully God has chosen to love us recklessly. Freely, fully, unconditionally; a love so great that even though we tend to reject Him and rebel against Him He has chosen to call us His children when we place our faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.