The Power of Forgiveness – The Power of The Cross

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 04/21/24 by Pastor Steve Shields.

The cross of Jesus offers us power to forgive those who have sinned against us.

Forgiveness is powerful. Forgiveness is a strategy for improved mental health. Both forgiving and receiving forgiveness improves mental health.

What does forgiveness mean? Forgiving is releasing someone from bondage. Forgiving another is the most God-like thing you can do! Choosing to forgive will cost you.

There is value in forgiveness. There is unrivaled relief in forgiveness. When you forgive another, it demonstrates to your own heart that the encounter you have with Jesus is real.

The pathway toward forgiveness is difficult.

Forgiveness acknowledges the reality of the debt. The act of forgiveness proclaims the significance of the loss. Admit the impact of the debt, but don’t overdramatize or under-dramatize the offense. Remember that forgiveness is not forgetting. Consider the forgiveness you have received from God as you walk the pathway toward forgiving. Trust God for the greater reward. Give it to God – it is His to repay.


Presented for Curwensville Alliance on 1/17/21 by Pastor Bernie Knefley.

Forgiveness is one of the keystones of the Christian faith. Forgiveness grants a relief from the payment of debt.

There is vertical and horizontal forgiveness. Vertical is the forgiveness that God grants to us. Horizontal forgiveness is the forgiveness that we grant to others.

The forgiveness God gives us is complete.

In this podcast, Pastor Bernie leads us through why forgiveness can be a struggle for us, and how we can learn to forgive.


Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 10/18/20 by Pastor Steve Shields.

Forgiveness plays a vital role in the Kingdom. Forgiveness is as vital as the air we breathe. Forgiveness releases our hearts from bondage. Forgiveness also lets us display the King.

In this podcast, Pastor Steve will lead us through how forgiveness works in the Kingdom.

Kingdom people accept the reality that people are broken and hurting people hurt people. Kingdom people feel their feelings, and do not let injury define them. Kingdom people do not harm. Kingdom people give their grievances to God.