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The last two weeks, we’ve focused on the past – both brokenness and blessings. It’s vital for us to learn and honor the blessings of the past, but also to redeem the brokenness that was handed down to us. This weekend, we moved from past to present, and Tyler gave us the first of two spiritual tools to unleash the power of God in our families. Forgiveness.

We don’t earn forgiveness by forgiving others, we prove we’re forgiven when we forgive others.

Christian forgiveness is a loving gift of unearned grace. It does not circumvent social justice or restorative discipline. And it does not destroy the sinner, but rather it seeks to heal and convert the sinner.

The forgiveness of Jesus is better. Before we come to Jesus with a broken heart, fall on our knees and beg, or offer restitution… He’s already paid the debt. In the middle of our sins, Jesus loves us so much that he has already done the work to forgive us before we ask for it.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8

Family forgiveness is hard, but it’s essential. And by the power of Christ in you, you can forgive.