We had a great discussion on forgiveness last night. Here is a quick summary and outline of our time together.
We all know a person who has felt guilty by what they have done in their past or what they continue to do. The person was involved with church at some point in their lives; they engaged in different ministries and areas of the church and seemed to enjoy the connections with people and their own faith.
Then, something happened. They may have made a bad decision or gone through a tough situation in their own life and they didn’t come back to church. For one reason or another, they thought God wouldn’t forgive them and accept them or that the church didn’t want anything to do with a person who had messed up so bad.
This was our opening story about Ryan. He had been part of the youth group and was well liked by the group. But over Christmas break he made some decisions that led him further away from the church and he didn’t come back to church after break.
He read from his Bible 1 John 3:9: “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.” Ryan felt guilty and thought that he must not be born of God because he continued to sin. This led to Ryan feeling defeated and his life changed drastically after that, making decisions that would impact his school life, home life and social life.