Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Master’s Forgiveness

Matthew 18:21-35
Peter faces a dilemma.  His spirit is telling him one thing but his emotions are saying something totally different.  His question to Jesus results in a lesson that none of us can forget if we desire to know the freedom of forgiveness in our own lives.
I. The Example of Forgiveness  Matthew 18:21-35
v.21 - A forgiveness of law - What is the least I can do and still be right with God?
v.22 - A forgiveness of grace - What is the response of God through me to others who have wronged me?
Forgiveness is not a relinquishing of control to another. It is a power exercised toward another person or yourself.
II. The Dimensions of Forgiveness (Like facets on a diamond)
  • Forgiveness NEEDED
  • Forgiveness RECEIVED
Not to forgive ourselves is to allow Satan to bind us with “shame.”
  • Forgiveness GRANTED
We NEED to forgive as much or more than we NEED to be forgiven.
When we deny our hate we detour around the crisis of forgiveness.
It is not the more wrong you can recount that makes you the bigger person but the more you can forgive.
  • Forgiveness REPEATED
Anger mishandled can lead to renewed bitterness.
Maintaining unhealthy relationships creates and continues sick systems.
Some relationships can seemingly only be restored after they are destroyed.
“Forgiveness is letting go of the past. Trust has to do with future behavior.” Rick Warren
III. The Power of Forgiveness

  • Receiving forgiveness helps us identify with the sinner more than the saint.
  • Forgiveness keeps our past from entering our present and destroying our future. 
  • Forgiveness can change our spirit to be more like God.

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