I had the opportunity to preach at my church this past Sunday on the subject of forgiveness out of Matthew 18. In this passage Peter ask Jesus how often do I forgive my brother when he sins against me, and Jesus makes the shocking statement that there is no limits. Then Jesus shares a parable of an explanation of how this type of forgiveness is possible in the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant. On reflecting on this passage as a parent, I am reminded of what so many authors say that parenting is not only teaching our children the gospel but also demonstrating and modeling the gospel to our children. How often do we confess our sin to our children and ask for their forgiveness? How often do they see us repenting of sin to our spouse and in our prayers? How have they seen you forgive your spouse and others who have hurt you? These are all opportunities for us to demonstrate the gospel in front of our children. I came across this video of the CBS morning show's interview of the wife of Fred Winters which is a real life example of how growth in the gospel empowers us to forgive our enemies. Not only is this mom having impact on others, but her demonstrating forgiveness is impacting her two daughters also.
- Watch video from CBS morning show interview (5 min. long) Forgiving a Killer
- Listen to my sermon here.