Marshall Brown - May 26, 2024

Finding Freedom in God's Forgiveness

In Luke 4, Jesus says that one of the reasons He came to this earth was to give freedom to the prisoners. He wasn't talking about setting people free from the prison cells they occupied because of crimes they committed or laws they violated. He was talking about setting mankind free - all of us! He came to set us free from our choices and our hurt and the ways we've hurt others. He came to set us free from sin...even if we didn't realize we were imprisoned by it. Does it really matter that God wants to give me forgiveness and grace? And if so, what do I have to do in order to experience that freedom?

Scripture References: 1 John 5:3, John 13:8, Acts 17:27, Hebrews 12:1, Genesis 1:27, Psalms 32:5, Luke 15:20, Colossians 2:13-14, Galatians 3:22

From Series: "Embracing Grace"

A recent survey revealed that 62% of Americans believe they need more forgiveness in their personal lives. Forgiveness is something we seem to value, and yet it's something we sometimes not only struggle to offer to others but struggle to accept for ourselves. We say grace and forgiveness are important, but we aren't always consistent in forgiving others or living like we've experienced grace ourselves. Why do we miss out on the freedom that comes from being forgiven? And how we can get better at living in the grace we have received?

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