One More Thing with Pastor Tim Burchill 7.1.2024

 

The Irrepressible Forgiveness of Our God

 

We just finished an important sermon series on the power of forgiveness to heal our souls, restore our relationships, and bring us into a right relationship with God.  If you missed any of the sermons in the series, though I am biased, you might want to go back and listen to them.  But when I was a kid there was a song I was taught—though I long ago forgot the tune.  It was called Love is like a Magic Penny.  The lyrics include these words:

 

Love is something if you give it away,
give it away, give it away;
Love is something if you give it away -
you'll end up having more!
Love's just like a magic penny,
hold it tight and you won't have any!
Lend it, spend it and you'll have so many
they'll roll all over the floor.

 

     The same can be said of forgiveness.  If you withhold it from others, you will find less and less for yourself.  But if you learn to ask for forgiveness and offer forgiveness—and appreciate the irrepressible forgiveness of our God—then you’ll only have more and more love to give and to keep.  It’s a bit of a paradox, but that’s exactly how it works.  If you want to find your life you have to be willing to turn your existing life over to God and let God offer you a richer, fuller life in return.

 

 

 

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