Unfortunately, sometimes there is misunderstanding that occurs in the church and in our interaction with each other as believers. But, even when the messages haven’t been clear, haven’t been concise, or haven’t been communicated well, we have to leave that stuff behind us, grow from it, continue to go forward, and try as much as possible to make things better.
Pastor Ford will remind us today that we should not let ourselves be impeded in our healing from past hurts because we want to know why someone would hurt us in the way they did. We often ask why did they do it? We have to realize that we may never find out why they did what they did and often there are people who do things to us and they don’t even know why they did them. So, we shouldn’t let that question hold us back from getting past the hurt.
When we’ve been hurt and we realize that what our offenders meant for evil, God actually meant for good, then we understand that those who do evil towards us don’t control our lives by anything that they can do to us. Instead, God controls the outcome and intends for us to go through certain things so we can become more like He wants us to be.
As we continue to look at forgiveness and how the story of Joseph in the Old Testament, we’ll see how he reminded his offenders of God’s sovereignty in his life. He said, “You meant it for good, but God meant it for evil.” So Pastor Ford will explain that Joseph was essentially saying, “What you meant as a stumbling block, God meant as a stepping stone.”
What happened to you may have been completely devastating and the day it happened might have seemed like the darkest day you’ve lived through—but no matter how difficult it was, Pastor Ford wants to remind you that God is still alive and He is going to work in whatever your situation is, so that you bring something out of it that you didn’t have when you went into it, and you never would have had if you had not gone through it.
Today we will look at one of the greatest examples of a believer giving forgiveness. He’s someone who emulates our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and who deals with something that was extremely devastating to him. Join us to find out which person from the Old Testament Pastor Ford describes as such a great forgiver.
As we begin to look at how to avoid misunderstanding, Pastor Ford explains that when we get a message, we need to receive the message as it’s given, and we shouldn’t try to read anything into it. Because misunderstanding can lead to a misfortunate response, since we tend to respond inappropriately in those situations.
Pastor Ford will explain today that practicing forgiveness is like we’re saying, “I will not let that wrong perpetrated against me define my life.” Forgiveness is releasing the person who has wronged us and in doing so, freeing ourselves from the bondage of unforgiveness.
Forgiving can be so hard, especially when the wrong done to us seems unforgiveable. But when we look at Jesus at Calvary, whatever was done to us was not as bad as what was done to Him on the cross. And He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!” If Jesus sought forgiveness for his offenders, so can we.
As we begin to take an in depth look at the process of forgiveness, Pastor Ford will describe how, in one concise verse found in Luke 23, Jesus tells us we can forgive the unforgivable. If we utilize the model Jesus lived for us to follow, we can forgive those individuals who have wronged us.
We’ll continue to explore how Jesus compared believers to salt and discover that in those days, when salt had lost its savor—or lost its potential property to bring flavor—they would take it and throw it out in the road for people to walk on it. And today Pastor Ford will explain what Jesus meant when He compared certain believers to savorless salt.
Pastor Ford will explain today what Jesus meant when He said that believers are the salt of the earth. They add zest to an otherwise bland world. Others see their joy, they see their love, they see their commitment and are drawn to Christ. But why aren’t people being drawn to some believers? Because maybe, they are not worth their salt. Find out more on today's Treasured Truth.
Concluding this message on betrayal, we learn from Psalm 55 that King David finds his satisfaction in the sovereignty of God. He realizes that his enemies were only able to betray him because God allowed them. And if God allowed them, He’s trying to do something in his life. Pastor Ford describes how David changes his focus from his betrayers to God’s sovereignty.
As we begin this short series on Matthew 5, verse 13, Pastor Ford will help us analyze our own effectiveness in light of God’s Kingdom. This verse tells us that as believers, we are the salt of the earth. But if the salt has lost is saltiness, then what good is it? Listen today to find out how you can keep your saltiness and maintain your effectiveness as a believer in Christ.
When you look at the storm you’re going through, then you’re ready to give up. But when you look through the storm, you have resolve to go on. And that’s what we need to do! We need that resolve to look through the storm, keep going, keep on pushing, and to keep on doing what God has called us to do.
Jesus said, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age…” So we can be sure that when God is silent, He’s working behind the scenes and doing things that we don’t even realize in order to get us to the place where He wants us to be.
When they were wandering in the wilderness, the children of Israel took their eyes off the promise God had given them and put their eyes on the problems they had, and because of that, what happened to them? All of that generation died in the wilderness. Pastor Ford asks us today—how many of us are dying in the wilderness because we always focus on the problem and not the promise?
What’s the definition of compassion? Pastor Ford defines it this way: Your pain in my heart. So, in order to be compassionate, we have to put other people’s pain in our heart. Learn more about this topic on today's Treasured Truth.
In Psalm 55, King David is dealing with the emotional after effects of being betrayed. But Pastor Ford explains that David is wisely choosing not to let his feelings control his actions or will. He will not allow how he feels to control what he does.
In our study today, we’ll discover that the Apostle Paul encourages us to react to people who have needs who can’t bear them by themselves. But he doesn’t want us to relinquish them of responsibility that they can handle. We need to strive to achieve a balance when we seek to help people.