St Marks Congregational Church
Part 5 - Release the Past
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  • St Marks Church PE
    447 Cape Rd, Westering, Port Elizabeth, 6025, South Africa
    Sunday 7:00 AM
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God’s main attribute is love. Love covers a multitude of sins. In other words, love forgives, because that’s what love does.

Forgiveness is a key part of God’s story.
Never let the guilt and shame of the past traumatise our present and rob us of our future.

The only way for love to exist in a relationship when there are problems from past relationships, choices or circumstances is if forgiveness is part of the equation.
Forgiveness is effort and it requires you to be unselfish. BUT that’s not always what we want.

We don’t want to have to put effort in and sometimes we just want to be selfish.
Godly relationships don’t work like that.

Relationships are effort.

Relationships need us to be unselfish.
God has given us the formulae PLUS the example PLUS the motive, but yet, forgiving others still isn’t easy.
The more time we spend not forgiving, not letting go of the past, the more time we worry about things we don’t understand and can’t really do anything about.
For as long as you keep holding onto the hurt, it will keep hurting you. And hurt others around you.

The sad thing is that the people who aren’t responsible for the hurt and pain or guilt and shame that you’re holding onto are the ones that have to live with it.
They don’t get the best of you. They get the closed, sensitive, insecure, distant, preoccupied you.
It’s time to let go.
There is a better way:
Forgive, because Christ forgave you.
Forgiveness is a choice

You need to forgive yourself, because even though you don’t deserve it, God, in Christ has forgiven you!

KEY: There is only ONE thing standing between you letting go of your past and moving on and that’s you!
Because God has done everything necessary to make it possible.