We are in a sermon series based on the book Resolving Everyday Conflict. Through this series we will be encouraged and equipped to glorify God, admit mistakes, bring attention to the harm done by others, and seek reconciliation. Peace is ultimately a gift from God and a fruit of the Spirit, but there’s still much we can do to welcome and cultivate it in our daily lives and relationships. Today we conclude our series and learn about the power of forgiveness and the joy of reconciliation. We encourage you to share this service with others so they can join us in worship today!

Sermon Notes:

Reconciliation is the giving and receiving of true forgiveness

What Forgiveness is Not
* Forgiveness is not a feeling
* Forgiveness is not forgetting
* Forgiveness is not excusing

Forgiveness is a radical decision not to hold an offense against the offender

The four promises of forgiveness
* I promise I won’t dwell on this incident
* I promise I won’t bring up this incident and use it against you (God forgets sin)
* I promise I won’t talk to others about this incident
* I promise I won’t allow this incident to stand between us and hinder our relationship

Having an attitude of forgiveness rests on you, but reconciliation depends on both your willingness and the offender’s repentance

Scripture Today:

Matthew 5:23-26

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

2 Corinthians 10:3-4

Matthew 5:44

Romans 12:14

Proverbs 13:20

Colossians 3:15