When Sorry Isn’t Enough
Bible Text: Matthew 16:14-15 | Speaker: Robb Brewer | Series: Guest Speakers, Standalone Sermons | Today, Guest Speaker Robb Brewer, who previously joined us by leading worship, shares a message on unforgiveness and being genuine when we feel like sorry isn’t enough. This involves two cores: the justice economy, and the injustice gap. The justice economy starts with the principle of limited resources. This is when someone hurts us, we expect them to pay it back to us in greater or equal regard! We invest so much into our relationships with others, whether they be short term with acquaintances or long term with close friends and family.
We only have so many resources to deal with things. When someone wrongs us, we often follow a second principle known as the principle of proper payment, meaning we usually want more than was taken and in grander scale but in the way that WE want and not necessarily the way it was taken from us. The danger in this is we don’t share these expectations and so these relationships wither because the problem can’t be dealt with! The third principle is that of payment deflation. When things go unhandled for an extended time, the payment we’ve demanded starts meaning less & less and doesn’t foot the bill any longer.
The second problem is the injustice gap, which is the space of time between the wrongdoing and the reconciliation. Our sense of injustice increases the longer it takes to make the appropriate payment. It also increases as the perpetrator is blessed. Lastly, it increases as our separation from God grows. We can easily begin to fall away from God when we focus on injustice since God isn’t correcting the situation for us. Now that we’ve looked at how we often feel about injustices in our lives, let’s look at what scripture has to say about forgiveness!
Matthew 6:12, 14-15
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