January 13, 2019
Forgiveness is The freeing of a person from guilt and its consequences, including punishment; usually as an act of favor, compassion or love. The aim of forgiveness is restoring a broken relationship. Forgiveness can involve both the remission of punishment and the cancellation of debts.
I) What Forgiveness Requires
A) The Right ATTITUDE
1) To forgive, I must be merciful (Lk 6:35-36).
2) To forgive, I must be humble
3) To forgive, I must demonstrate heavenly love (1 Cor 13:5).
B) The Right MOTIVES (Matt 18:21f).
1) A desire to please & obey God
2) To avoid worldliness & sin (Col 3:12-13; Eph 4:26-27, 31-32; Rom 13:9-14).
3) To REPAIR the relationship (Heb 12:14; Prov 17:9)
4) To end SUFFERING (Gen 50:15-21).
C) The Right ACTIONS
1) 1 Jn 1:8-9; Psa 51:1-4. I MUST CONFESS MY SINS TO GOD.
2) Matt 5:22-24; Matt 18:15-17. I MUST RECONCILE .
3) 2 Cor 2:4-11. I MUST REAFFIRM MY LOVE (1 JN 3:18).
II) Great Examples of Forgiveness:
A) Jacob & Esau Ge 33:1-10.
B) Stephen being stoned Acts 7.
C) Jesus on the cross 1 Jn 4:7-10.
III) Forgiveness is hard for some because they refuse let go of their ANGER & PRIDE.
A) What Happens If I Choose Not To Forgive? (Matt 6:14-15).