Forgive as You Have Been Forgiven

Sep 15, 2002
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Topic(s): Forgiveness
Hymns: 10; Son of God, Eternal Savior; 324(1-3,5,8); Forgive our Sins as We Forgive; 46
Pre-Service Prayer:

Lord Jesus, thank You for taking away all my sin. Fill my heart with appreciation and joy for that forgiveness so that I will be forgiving toward others who sin against me. When Satan tries to tempt me toward resentment, bitterness, and revenge, enable me to withstand the temptation and show love. Use this worship service to instruct, lift up, and refresh us all; and accept the praises we bring to You. Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 103

Earlier in their lives, Joseph’s brothers had mistreated him, contemplated killing him, and sold him into slavery. So it is not surprising that the brothers were afraid after their father died. However, Joseph put their minds at ease by assuring them of his forgiveness. Joseph was able to have a forgiving heart toward his brothers because he dwelt upon what God accomplished for him and not what the brothers had done to him.

Christ’s forgiveness is what moves our hearts to be forgiving. We love, because He first loved us (cf. 1 John 4:19). Feeling unforgiving? A little weak on love toward your neighbor? Stop and consider all of your sins, the punishment they deserve, and how they are completely forgiven in Christ out of God’s undeserved love toward you. Then, proceed in love toward one another, giving glory to God!

Second Reading: 

Luke 7:36-48

Simon objected to Jesus’ befriending the "sinful woman" who came to Jesus in his home. Jesus told a parable to demonstrate to Simon that the woman understood her sin better than Simon did, and as a result showed greater love to her Savior.