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Sermon #54: The Benefits of Forgiveness

"What are the benefits of forgiveness? Are there any benefits at all?" you may be wondering. 

Look at this: "Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered." - Romans 4:7 (NIV)

Through God's forgiveness we became His blessed children; we passed from death to life. God forgave us to give us life.

So whenever you forgive somebody, you give them a blessing. Forgiveness is a blessing. Remember, you were born to be a blessing to those within your sphere of contact. 

When you forgive somebody, you set them free, you remove shackles from their hands and ankles, you take away the yoke from their shoulders, you enable them to breathe well...and you do the same to yourself.

Here is what I consider to be the most important benefit of forgiveness - by forgiving, you take a giant step towards attaining the fullness of the stature of Christ. You become more and more like your Lord. What a joy!