Part 4: Forgive More
(Jeremiah 4:3 NKJV) For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: “Break up your fallow ground (unplowed, uncultivated), And do not sow among thorns.
(Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT) The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness, his mercies begin afresh each morning.
Forgiveness is not…
Excusing the behavior
Minimizing the hurt
Enabling the offender
Forgiving and forgetting
Waiting for an apology
Always a one-time event
(Matthew 6:14-15) For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
(Colossians 3:13 AMP) bearing graciously with one another, and willingly forgiving each other if one has a cause for complaint against another; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so should you forgive. (Reference Verse: John 13:35)
What is forgiveness?
“When we strive against all thoughts of revenge; when we will not do our enemies mischief, but wish well to them, grieve at their calamities, pray for them, seek reconciliation with them, and show ourselves ready on all occasions to relieve them.” (Thomas Watson, Body of Divinity, p. 581)
How To Forgive
(Romans 5:8) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
(Luke 23:34) Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
(Matthew 18:21-22) Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
(Luke 6:27-28 AMP) “But I say to you who hear [Me and pay attention to My words]: Love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies, [make it a practice to] do good to those who hate you, bless and show kindness to those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (Reference Verses: Matthew 5:23:24)
(Ephesians 4:32 NLT) Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
(Romans 2:4 NLT) Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? (Reference Verse: Romans 12:19)
KEY TRUTH: If you want 2018 to your best year of your life, then it must be the best year of your life spiritually.