Holy Light Church of Jesus Christ
133 East Union Street, Burlington NJ 08016
(609) 387 - 3183
The Word

April 10, 2011 - The Power of Forgiveness
(Sermon by: Reverend Shirley Toler)



SCRIPTURES:

Matthew 6 : 9 – 13, 14 – 15
Matthew 18 : 21 – 22
2 Corinthians 12 : 9




KEY POINTS:

* To be a Christian is to be Christ-like
* God goes to work on your heart
* God is a God of character
* God’s agenda is to make us like him
* Forgiveness is not a method to be learned, but rather a truth to be lived
* When you build up defensive walls around you, you are also locking yourself in
* Don’t keep a record of the wrong that is being done to you
* The bible was given to us to change our lives
* Forgiveness is a matter of the heart
* Forgiveness isn’t a natural thing to give; it is given by the supernatural grace of God
* Grace is God’s unmerited favor and his supernatural enablement to do whatever he has us to do
* God’s grace is sufficient
* We need to grow in grace
* The outcome of forgiveness is growth and maturity
* We have a CHOICE on how we respond to, and deal with, the situations we face
* It is not our job to make people pay for the wrongs they did against us
* There are two people you can’t fool, God and yourself; so don’t waste time perpetrating for anyone else
* No matter what you have done, God has forgiven you