Radical Forgiveness

July 24, 2017

One of the most radical teachings that Jesus taught and exemplified in his life was the teaching of forgiveness. His teachings on letting go of judgments and releasing forgiveness to others challenge our social norms and tendencies in every way. Our hearts seek revenge naturally. We seek to bring justice and make wrong things right. Jesus teaches us to be radical in our following his example by giving forgiveness and grace freely to others who do not deserve it. What did Jesus teach about forgiveness? Matthew 18:15-35 Jesus teaches us not to harbor anger and bitterness but to confront people about the ways they have hurt us. Jesus teaches us not to gossip and slander people but rather to go directly to them about the offense. Jesus teaches us that when we learn to let go of our offenses and come together in agreement that He will be in our midst. Jesus teaches us that when we walk in this radical forgiveness that anything is possible. Jesus teaches us to forgive others even when they hurt us over and over and over again. Jesus teaches us to see that the debt we may be owed by others pale in comparison to the debt we owe due to our sins before God. Jesus teaches us that if we don’t forgive others that we actually forfeit the incredible blessings that come from enjoying the forgiveness and grace of God.   How did Jesus model forgiveness? Luke 23:26-43 Jesus modeled forgiveness for us by going to the cross for the sins of humanity. Jesus modeled forgiveness by making a declaration of forgiveness...
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Brittany

I have been serving in some way with Take the city since October 2013. I spent a lot of time on the prayer team in the beginning and encountered God’s heart for the city in a life changing way. When the teams came back and shared testimonies, it was always fun to see that our prayers coincided with some of their testimonies in special ways. More recently I have had the privilege of leading a team to a nursing home where I used to be an employee. I used to pray over the facility every day, and it was such a miracle to see an old friend who lives there give his life to Jesus on one of our outreaches a year later. God sure has a way of answering prayers. And Take the City is an answer to so many prayers that have gone up here.