The sermon on Sunday was about forgiveness. The pastor challenged us to (before we die) live one day without any resentment/bitterness towards anyone. On the other side of that, acknowledge that you are the reason for someone else's pain or anger. I know I've hurt people, and even though I've (mostly) let go of the anger towards people who've hurt me.... I can't be certain that the same has been done for me. Which, I'm the type of person that - if you hate me, then that's not my problem. But, I would hope that people would at least forgive me.
My pastor said, "Forgiveness isn't pretending it never happened, unlimited second chances or just forgetting." He went on to say that it's forgiving their wrongs, remembering it but not holding a grudge. I use to be able to hold a grudge with the best of 'em... but now I look back, and what was the point in that? What was gained?
I guess the messages were heard backwards, because tonight at Bible study we talked about our actions and judging others. (Hosea 8, in case you were wondering.) No one is perfect. But, there are things we can work on. Tonight was a lot about how we tend to put things or people in front of God, and turn to those instead of/before God. It continued onto facing God's judgement, and those who deserve praise will be praised - and those who don't.... won't. Knowing you're in the wrong and not changing your behavior is just putting you on the path to destruction. (That's one of the verses paraphrased.) And although the Bible says we are to point out the sins of others, it's not our place to judge. God places the ultimate judgement.
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