You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, January 27, 2013: Forgiving Like Jesus — Listen.

by Andrew Kelley

As Pastor Bryan spoke, one major act of forgiveness came to my mind: I thought of the time I felt compelled to call the person who had molested me when I was 9 years old.
God had already done some hefty healing in my heart and soul, but when I was 20 I felt God tugging, saying call him and tell him you forgive him and that you love him. I did, and it felt like the last piece of the puzzle had just been placed.

The parable of the unforgiving servant still reminds me of myself sometimes. Yes, I feel completely forgiven and free of the part my story, but then I think about all of my sins — the ones I’ve already committed and the ones I have yet to commit. Even as I walk with Christ in His freedom, I have my flesh to contend with until I go to be with Him forever. Its truly amazing that my Master, my King would take upon Himself my debt.
To go further, it’s my entire lifetime of debt — not just the debt up till now. God knew my whole timeline before I was born and sent His Son to die for me in that sin so when I, in the future, would come into a relationship with Him, I would step into an abundant life. My lifetime of sins or debt would not have been payable. That right there is truly priceless. Then I think about the fact that Christ did that for every single human from the time He died until He returns. That is really, really hard to wrap my mind around. That’s one of the things that make Him Magnificent; it’s why I call Him my Savior.
Even though there wasn’t really any sorrow at the end of Pastor Bryan’s message, I couldn’t help but linger on 2 Corinthians 7:10; it’s a short but monumental piece of information.
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”
It shows us the correct mindset when it comes to forgiveness. His forgiveness is unlike anyone and that’s what makes Him the One and Only.
I pray we make a point to forgive those certain people in our lives as Christ first forgave us. We won’t know God’s amazing freedom if we don’t.

Andrew and Dawn

Andrew Kelley is husband to Dawn and father to four wonderful children; he and his family currently call Immanuel and Zion home. 

One thought on “The Monday After: Forgiving Like Jesus {Andrew}

  1. Andrew, thanks for being so open and vulnerable with the past offenses you have had to endure. To forgive as you forgave truly is to forgive like Jesus did…without limits. Like you mentioned, I’m sure God had to do a lot of healing in your own heart to bring you to the point where you could do that. I’m praising God for you today Andrew and your incredible example of allow God to bring even greater healing through extending forgiveness to those who have sinned against you. I’m praying you sense God’s favor in a renewed way today!

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