How Do We Forgive the Unforgivable?

When Jesus taught us to pray, we are to forgive OTHERS as He forgives us. So Jesus immediately recognized that we need to forgive others.

We have to practice forgiving other people. When we forgive others, we release them from our own bitterness, not God’s accountability.

If we don’t release bitterness, it could destroy our lives. As difficult it is for us to forgive others, to that degree we learn what it cost God to forgive us.

Letting Go of Bitterness

We live in a fallen world where people hurt each other, and we’ve all been wounded. Sometimes the more you open your heart, and the closer the relationship, the deeper the pain. If you have pain from your past that you’re clinging to, follow the example of Jesus. Of His 12 disciples, one betrayed Him, one denied Him, and they all abandoned Him in His hour of greatest need. Jesus chose to forgive them – and forgive us – and sacrifice His life to restore us all to our Heavenly Father.

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Ephesians 4:31-32

Receiving God’s Forgiveness

Sometimes what holds us back from the better life God has for us is that we’re unwilling to receive His forgiveness. It’s true that none of us deserve it. All fall short of the glory of God.  But Jesus died on the cross to cover our sins and give us the gift of salvation. We simply have to accept this life-changing gift!

Davey Blackburn: One Year Past Tragedy

Davey has walked through some profoundly dark days of grief as a pastor, widower, and single parent. Now a year later, his perspective has shifted, and he is hopeful for his present and trusts God for his future. He challenges us to walk differently through tragedy and to minister to others amidst their suffering. Today, Davey chooses to walk through tragedy with triumph.

“Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

– Psalm 23:6


Davey Blackburn: God Amidst Tragedy

No one is immune to tragedy and sorrow in our sin-fallen world. In this video, Resonate Church Pastor Davey Blackburn shares his personal story of heartbreak and loss. After his pregnant wife was shot, he was determined God was about to perform a miracle – and instead, he tragically lost his wife and unborn child to a senseless act of violence. Rather than angrily turning away from God, Davey grew closer and more dependent on the Lord as He allowed Jesus to shepherd him through his grief.

Fair Fight

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13

Love Redefines How You Fight

5 Fair Fight Lessons from Love:

1) “Love cares more for others than for self”  (Sponge)
Love absorbs annoyance.

2) “Love doesn’t fly off the handle”  (Frying Pan)
Love lets things roll off your back.

3) “Love doesn’t keep score of wrongs”  (Wastebasket)
Love trashes the list.

4) “Love isn’t always me first”  (Hammer & Nail)
Love hears before it’s heard.

5) “Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have” (Measuring Cup)
Love is content (or discontent will undo you).