Forgiveness is a big issue. Two of the most common questions I am asked as a pastor are (1) do I have to forgive, and (2) how do I forgive?
Forgiveness can be complicated stuff… it is hard.
Sometimes “sorry” Is not enough. When deep hurt has taken place, forgiveness is needed. Jesus commands us to forgive. Having received grace we should extend mercy.
There are four stages to forgiveness: we hurt, we hate, we heal, we hope. We do these things because of the cross and because it is truly the only way to become fully human.
Here is a sermon I gave about forgiveness a few years ago… It was a good reminder to me. If you listen, I would love to hear your thoughts.