As you engage with each message in this series, you will discover or be reminded of how to let go of the past and embrace true forgiveness as you walk into your future.
THE GRUDGE - PART 1: I'M OVER IT
We all have a tendency to carry painful parts of our past with us: resentment against people who’ve hurt us, regret about mistakes we’ve made, or even bitterness toward God.
Join us as we learn to recognize the grudges we are carrying and come to understand that the pain we hold onto can weigh us down and keep us from stepping into the freedom that God has for each one of us.
THE GRUDGE - PART 2: FAITH TO FORGIVE
What's the difference between being "Offended and Bugged" versus "Sinned Against and Betrayed"? How do we respond rather than react to the two so that we don't become bitter? And, is it possible to let it go and even forgive so that we become better? Join us as we wrestle with what forgiveness looks like. Wouldn't it be life-changing to be able to move away from grudges that imprison and experience a faith that frees?
THE GRUDGE - PART 3: FORGIVING GOD?
Sometimes life hurts us. When we hurt, the natural response is anger. When another person is responsible for our pain, our anger turns toward the one who has injured us. To restore peace, we know we need to forgive. But sometimes there’s no clear culprit in our suffering. At those times, it’s natural to place the blame on the One we know is in control of everything. And so we begin to hold a grudge against God. It is almost like we need to forgive Him, which sounds a little (ok a lot) like blasphemy. Don't miss this message on the difficult subject of forgiving God.
THE GRUDGE - PART 4: WHY CAN'T I FORGIVE MYSELF?
Forgiving others can be tough, but sometimes forgiving ourselves can be even harder. And then from a theological perspective: Can we even forgive ourselves? Do we even need to forgive ourselves? However you answer those two questions, it doesn't seem to touch how we can feel unforgiven by ourselves. As we wrap up our series, The Grudge, we are going to walk through what to do with the feeling of being unforgiven by ourselves and the shame and guilt that can come with it. Join us as we try to sort it all out.