The last two studies on forgiveness focused on Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness, and His living example of forgiveness. In this study, we are going to look at some common misconceptions, deceptions and lies about forgiveness, and counter them with God’s Truth, using a “case study” from the Chardon Ohio school shooting in 2012.
God designed us to experience the emotions of guilt so that we would understand that we don’t have what it takes to stand before God. His intent is that our emotions of guilt should motivate us to seek Jesus Christ for forgiveness of our sin.
Have you ever felt like you couldn’t forgive yourself for some of the things you have done? Our culture teaches that we must learn to forgive ourselves before we can move on with our lives. This idea is found in popular magazine articles, promoted by television self-help gurus, and in modern secular psychology. But is it taught in the Bible? Is it possible to actually “forgive yourself”?
Before I go any further, I’d like to say that understanding and embracing this truth has had a profound impact on my own spiritual walk with Jesus Christ. I pray it will touch your heart as well, and draw you closer to our Lord and Savior.
We all have a natural desire for justice. That is why so many movies have a basic theme of good versus evil. The problem is, most movies generally try to masquerade vengeance and revenge as justice. But we all understand that wrong actions deserve punishment.
There are many obstacles that can prevent us from embracing and truly experiencing the forgiveness that God offers through His Son Jesus Christ. The next few posts will take a look at some of the common lies that keep us from receiving God’s incredible gift of forgiveness.
God WANTS us to experience the conviction of the Holy Spirit, because conviction is a GOOD thing! It is critical for spiritual growth, and a very necessary part of the process for us to see our sin and seek God’s forgiveness.
I enjoy every study I prepare for the women in jail, and I have learned that God always works ON me and IN me before He works through me. But this particular study has probably impacted me more on my own spiritual walk than any other I have prepared. I pray it will be a blessing to anyone who reads it.
Have you ever felt guilty when you did something wrong? I certainly hope so!!! But have you ever wondered what God’s purpose is for guilt in our lives? Why did God create us to experience feelings of guilt?