Baptism and Forgiveness

Sermon Summary for Sunday, September 17th, 2017 | Respectfully Submitted by Meghann K. Humphreys


“What if we create a forgiving culture and carry that forgiveness out into the world?”

Our baptism is deeply entwined with our forgiveness and forgiveness toward others. Forgiveness is:

  • about love;
  • what we are called to do;
  • sometimes understood or implied;
  • sometimes needs to be spoken – “I am sorry. Please forgive me.”
  • hard;
  • feels good;
  • a journey;
  • a path to freedom;
  • can’t be done by ourselves – that is, we forgive with God’s help.

“Unforgiveness” is like cancer that eats us from the inside out. It blocks us from moving on and from repairing our relationships with others. Relationships need forgiveness to continue to love. To paraphrase the English proverb shared with us, “We all have faults. Faults are thick where love is thin. Faults are thin where love is thick.”

Check out these links for Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel’s journey to forgiveness: