• FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER               5-21-17

    Matthew 18 “Then Peter came to Him, and asked, ‘Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me?  Seven times?’  ‘No,” Jesus replied, ‘Seventy times seven.’” 

    What forgiveness is NOT:

    • Forgiving others is not justifying their actions. 
    • Forgiving others also is not waiting on the passage of time. 
    • Forgiving others is also not denying that you are hurt. 
    • Forgiving others is also not always confronting them personally. 
    • Forgiveness isn’t trusting them again automatically. 

    How to forgive:

    1. Remember how much I have been forgiven. 

    Colossians 2:13-14.  “He has forgiven all your sins.  He has utterly wiped out the evidence of broken commandments, which always hung over our heads and has completely annulled it by nailing it to the cross.” 

    I John 1:9 says this, “But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” 

    2. Reflect on who I need to forgive. 

    Matthew 5.  “Come to terms quickly with your enemy before it is too late and you are dragged into court, handed over to an officer and thrown in jail.  I assure you that you won’t be free again until you have paid the last penny.” 

    Psalm 139.  “Search me, O God, and know my heart.  Test me and know my thoughts.  Point out anything in me that offends You and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” 

    3. Release the other person. 

    Matthew 18.  “Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said.  ‘You evil servant.  I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me.  Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant just as I had mercy on you?’  Then the angry king sends the man to prison until he had paid every penny.  That’s what my Heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters in your heart.’” 

    2 important truths about releasing someone:

    • Forgive completely. 
    • Forgive freely. 

    Finally, when forgiving someone. . .

    4. Reestablish the relationship. 

    Romans 12:18 says, “Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible.” 

    Romans 12:19 says, it says, “Dear friends, never avenge yourself.  Leave that to God, for it is written, ‘I will take vengeance, I will pay those who deserve it, says the Lord.’” 

    2 Corinthians 13:7 says.  It says, “Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 

    Colossians 3:13 “You must make allowance for each other’s faults.  Forgive the person who offends you.  Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” 


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