We are in the middle of a six week sermon series on the Christian Faith and conflict. Our sermon series is entitled, “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation!” This week we turn to the role that forgiveness plays when a Christian is facing conflict in the church or in their lives. The easy answer to give to anyone when facing conflict or hurt is, “You must forgive.” It’s easy to give that answer, but, Wow! It is really hard to live it out.
Why does the Christian faith insist on forgiveness as a response to conflict? When we forgive does that mean the person who hurt us walks away free of any consequences? If I forgive someone does that mean I have to welcome them back into my life fully and completely?
As you can see, forgiveness sparks a number of important questions, and while it’s an easy answer of advice, the actual process of forgiveness is complicated and often frustrating.
If you’ve ever struggled with forgiveness, or if you have questions like these or others concerning forgiveness, join us this week. Parkside is the place where you belong!