When we’ve been hurt and we realize that what our offenders meant for evil, God actually meant for good, then we understand that those who do evil towards us don’t control our lives by anything that they can do to us. Instead, God controls the outcome and intends for us to go through certain things so we can become more like He wants us to be.
As we continue to look at forgiveness and how the story of Joseph in the Old Testament, we’ll see how he reminded his offenders of God’s sovereignty in his life. He said, “You meant it for good, but God meant it for evil.” So Pastor Ford will explain that Joseph was essentially saying, “What you meant as a stumbling block, God meant as a stepping stone.”
What happened to you may have been completely devastating and the day it happened might have seemed like the darkest day you’ve lived through—but no matter how difficult it was, Pastor Ford wants to remind you that God is still alive and He is going to work in whatever your situation is, so that you bring something out of it that you didn’t have when you went into it, and you never would have had if you had not gone through it.
Today we will look at one of the greatest examples of a believer giving forgiveness. He’s someone who emulates our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and who deals with something that was extremely devastating to him. Join us to find out which person from the Old Testament Pastor Ford describes as such a great forgiver.
As we begin to look at how to avoid misunderstanding, Pastor Ford explains that when we get a message, we need to receive the message as it’s given, and we shouldn’t try to read anything into it. Because misunderstanding can lead to a misfortunate response, since we tend to respond inappropriately in those situations.
Pastor Ford will explain today that practicing forgiveness is like we’re saying, “I will not let that wrong perpetrated against me define my life.” Forgiveness is releasing the person who has wronged us and in doing so, freeing ourselves from the bondage of unforgiveness.
Forgiving can be so hard, especially when the wrong done to us seems unforgiveable. But when we look at Jesus at Calvary, whatever was done to us was not as bad as what was done to Him on the cross. And He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!” If Jesus sought forgiveness for his offenders, so can we.
As we begin to take an in depth look at the process of forgiveness, Pastor Ford will describe how, in one concise verse found in Luke 23, Jesus tells us we can forgive the unforgivable. If we utilize the model Jesus lived for us to follow, we can forgive those individuals who have wronged us.
We’ll continue to explore how Jesus compared believers to salt and discover that in those days, when salt had lost its savor—or lost its potential property to bring flavor—they would take it and throw it out in the road for people to walk on it. And today Pastor Ford will explain what Jesus meant when He compared certain believers to savorless salt.
Pastor Ford will explain today what Jesus meant when He said that believers are the salt of the earth. They add zest to an otherwise bland world. Others see their joy, they see their love, they see their commitment and are drawn to Christ. But why aren’t people being drawn to some believers? Because maybe, they are not worth their salt. Find out more on today's Treasured Truth.
Pastor James Ford Jr. has been the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, located on the south side of Chicago, Ill., for over 35 years. He also serves as the president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore community of Chicago.
Treasured Truth is a 24-minute radio program, airing daily. Each day, James Ford, Jr., Pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, presents clear, powerful Bible teaching-adding godly wisdom and guidance to listeners' daily walks with Christ. Pastor Ford uses his breadth of experience to bring Christ-centered, expository preaching that is relevant to an audience of all races and cultures.