Forgiveness Sermon Illustrations

Forgiveness Sermon Illustrations

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The Christian's Victory

When Richard Weaver was a pit worker, he inadvertently angered a fellow-miner. "I have a good mind to smack you on the face," the man exclaimed.

"Very well," Weaver replied, "if that will do any good, you may do it."

The man struck him. Weaver turned to him the other cheek. The man struck again. This was repeated five times; and when Weaver presented his cheek for the sixth time, the man turned away, cursing.

Weaver cried after him: "The Lord forgive thee, for I do; and the Lord save thee!"

His assailant was the first man Weaver met next morning in the pit; and, as Weaver approached, he burst into tears. "Oh, Richard." he cried, "do you really forgive me?"

Together they knelt and he rose a saved man.—Gospel Herald.

When Mud Brushes Off Best

A young man had been badly insulted, and, full of angry indignation, declared that he was going at once to demand an apology. "My dear boy," said Father Graham, a beloved old man of the village, "take a word of advice from an old man who loves peace. An insult is like mud; it will brush off much better when it is dry. Wait a little, till he and you are both cool, and the thing will be easily mended. If you go now it will only be to quarrel." The young man took his advice, and before the next day was done the insulting person came to beg forgiveness.—Gospel Herald.

Salvation's Swift Miracle

A very godless man, noted for his profanity, was one day carrying freight up a gangplank to a big steamer. A man following him accidentally jostled him, and the blasphemer fell into the water, between the wharf and the boat. His last utterance was a horrible oath, a curse upon his comrade. He immediately disappeared. After some time he was rescued from beneath the boat, apparently drowned. Strenuous efforts put forth to resuscitate him were finally successful. With his first breath he cried out, "Praise God, I'm saved!" "Yes, you were pretty near gone," someone replied. "Oh," he said, "I don't mean saved from drowning. I mean saved inside. The Lord has taken my sins away." Then he told them when he found himself beneath the boat, he thought the end had come. In those few seconds he saw himself kneeling again at his mother's side, and heard her prayers for him. His sin, as a high mountain, rose before him, and he cried to God to save him. In the cleansing of the blood. It was for that moment he realized forgiveness, and this that he praised God with his first breath. Alliance Weekly.

The Deep Sea

The ocean covers seventy-two per cent of the earth's surface to an average depth of 11,500 feet. Its greatest depths are the Sigsbee's Deep, 13,200 feet, and Nares Deep, 28,200 feet, in the Atlantic, and the Japan Trough, 29,136 feet, Tonga Deep, 30,132 feet, and Nero Deep, 31,614 feet, off the Island of Guam, in the Pacific. If Mount Everest were dropped into the Nero Deep, the water would still cover it by half a mile. If God graciously, for Christ's sake, will pardon our sins and cast them into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:18, 19), where even the penetrating rays discovered by Milliken cannot reach them, then we may rejoice in our freedom.—J. M., in The Missionary Worker.

Keep Him Going

A man asked an old Christian woman, "Does the Devil ever trouble you about your past sins?" She said, "Yes." "What do you do then?" "Oh, I just send him to the east." "Does he come back after that?" "Aye." "And what do you do then?" "I just send him away to the west." "And when he comes back from the west what do you do?" "Man, I just keep him going between the east and the west."—The King's Business.

Lord, Forgive

If I have wounded any soul today,
If I have caused one foot to go astray,
If I have walked in my own willful way—
Good Lord, forgive!

If I have uttered idle words or vain,
If I have turned aside from want or pain,
Lest I myself should suffer through the strain—
Good Lord, forgive!

If I have been perverse, or hard, or cold,
If I have longed for shelter in thy fold,
When Thou hast given me some fort to hold—
Good Lord, forgive!

Forgive the sins I have confessed to Thee,
Forgive the secret sins I do not see,
That which I know not, Father, teach Thou me—
Help me to live.—C. M. Battersby.

"Bundles of Benefits"

The Bishop of London calls Psalm 103 "Bundles of Benefits" and says: "The psalmist set himself one day to count up the benefits he had received from God. He had not proceeded far when he found himself engaged in an impossible task. He found he could not count the blessings he had received in a single day, so set himself to find a help to memory. He took these benefits which he desired not to forget, and he tied them up in bundles. He shaped the bundles into a song." The Bishop of London names five such bundles—forgiveness, healing, redemption, the coronation of love, and satisfaction. These, however, are in the first five verses and there are still others to be discovered in the following verses.—A. C. Crews, in Westminster Teacher.

Praying for Forgiveness

A small boy who had done something wrong, found himself amid a roomful of elders, stern-visaged in the hope that he would understand the seriousness of his offense. He looked at his nurse and his relatives one by one with a tear-stained face, and as he saw no sign of relenting the little one burst into tears and asked, "Oh, won't somebody forgive me?"

But here we have offended the great and holy God a thousand fold, and before we realized the seriousness of our crimes He sent His only-begotten Son to show us on His horrible cross how great our sins were; but even before that dreadful scene was enacted the Son tenderly advised us to return to this offended God with the word, "O my Father, forgive me."

What human tongue shall describe such mercy? Who could disdain this mercy without heaping insult to injury—Jan Karel Van Baalen, in The Journey of Man.

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