It is all connected you know. Christian love, forgiveness and faith are intimately woven together. The Christian faith is all about Jesus. But Jesus is all about love and forgiveness and faith in Him. If you have faith in Jesus, you will embrace and obey His teachings. And He definitely teaches us to love one another. One of the ways we love one another is in forgiving one another. Today’s teaching will explain in detail how these three (Love, Forgiveness and Faith) are so closely interconnected.
Originally, I wanted to cover much more text. But these three aspects of our faith deserve a deep look and are worthy of our entire time together today.
Today’s text –
Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”” (Luke 17:1–5, NKJV)
More scriptures to consider concerning love, forgiveness and faith…
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”” (1 Peter 4:8, NKJV)
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (1 Corinthians 13:4–7, NLT)
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.” (Galatians 6:1, NLT)
My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back from wandering will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins.” (James 5:19–20, NLT)
Love one another and forgive one another.
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37, NLT)