Forgiveness is never easy. Many times we don’t think we can or we don’t want to forgive those who have hurt us. In this sermon, we explore various myths that might cause us to hold grudges toward those who wrong us. The strength to forgive others comes from us being forgiven by God through faith in Jesus Christ. We can and should forgive because we were first forgiven by God.
Through commercials and media, the world around us tells us that we should believe in ourselves. But this lie will not lead us toward life as God creates for us to live. Instead, it will lead to our downfall. We believe in ourselves because somehow we think that we can control our lives. What matters most is who Jesus says He is and who Jesus says we are. Having faith means that we will trust His Word and trust it enough to live by it.
Follow our hearts is destructive because our hearts are faulty and deceitful. Because of our sinful nature, our hearts are one of stone but by the grace of God, through Jesus we have been given a new heart – a heart of flesh. Rather than following our hearts, God calls us to follow His Son Jesus Christ through saying no to our flesh, committing to Jesus even though it may cost us and living like Jesus.
The second lie that many Christians believe is that “God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.” However, all of life is more than we can handle. The Bible instead tells us that we will go through suffering, but God will be with us through that suffering, even when our lives are falling apart (See Psalm 23:4, Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 43:2 for more). When God gives us more than what we can handle, we come to know God – 1) The sovereign God who is always in control, 2) The all powerful God who empowers us when we can find no power, 3) The loving God who can sympathize with our weaknesses. We have Jesus in us and therefore we have everything we need to face whatever that is going on in our lives. Rather than believing in the lie, we must trust that God won’t give me more than what He can handle through us.
As we kick off our new sermon series Lies Christians Believe, we tackle the first lie: “God just wants me to be happy.” This lie leaves us believing that we can choose whatever we want to do just because it makes us happy, even if that means it hurts others or sin against God. This a lie because we can’t always be happy. Happiness is based on circumstances and it is very fleeting. Instead, God gives us joy as the Holy Spirit dwells in us. Joy that is from God is not based on circumstances, but on the person Jesus. Our joy remains because Jesus Christ remains in us. Because of this, we are commanded to rejoice in always because we can always trust in Him.