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Detailing My Heart

May 19, 2024    Pastor Matt Sturdevant

Ever felt stuck in a cycle of bitterness or resentment? Struggling to move on from past hurts? In this powerful message, Pastor Matt dives deep into the topic of forgiveness and shares profound insights that could change your life.

You'll discover:

-What forgiveness is...and what it's NOT

-The difference between forgiveness, reconciliation, and trust (so eye-opening!) 

-Why forgiveness is essential for YOUR healing and peace 

-How to genuinely forgive even when it feels impossible 

-The incredible ripple effect of forgiveness on relationships

As Pastor Matt explains, forgiveness is not approving, excusing, justifying, or denying the wrong done to you. It doesn't mean forgetting or automatically reconciling, either. True forgiveness is about releasing the offender, canceling the debt, and choosing not to punish or harbor bitterness - even if they never say sorry.

Through gripping personal stories and timeless biblical wisdom, you'll see how forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling. It's about following Jesus' radical example and obeying His clear commands. Because the truth is, we've all been forgiven infinitely more by God than we'll ever be asked to forgive others.

As Ephesians 4:31-32 urges: "Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger...Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."

Pastor Matt also shares a powerful testimony of a family torn apart by deep hurt and unforgiveness. But as they each took the courageous step to ask for and extend forgiveness, something supernatural happened: peace entered in, and relationships were restored!

No matter how much you've been wounded, YOU have the power to forgive and write a new story. Freedom and healing are possible when you release others and entrust justice to God (Romans 12:19).

Maybe you've been holding onto resentment for far too long. Today is the day to finally let go and start living in the joyful freedom forgiveness brings!

Reflect prayerfully:

-Who is God calling you to forgive, once and for all?

-Who do you need to humbly ask for forgiveness?

-How could choosing forgiveness change YOUR life from the inside out?

Take a moment to process with God honestly. He will give you the strength and grace you need to take this life-changing step of obedience. You won't regret it!

Remember, forgiveness doesn't make what they did right...but it sets YOU free. You ready?