Forgive so you can be forgiven
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Who Hurt You? __________________________
Why Should I Forgive? (1 of 2)
• Because unforgiveness HURTS me.
Hebrews 12:15 NIV84
See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Why Should I Forgive? (2 of 2)
• Because I’ll need FORGIVENESS again.
Matthew 6:14-15 NIV84
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Forgive From the Heart
Matthew 18:32-35 NIV84
“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”
How Can I Forgive Someone Who Hurt Me? (1 of 2)
1) Pray for those who HURT you.
Love Your Enemies
Matthew 5:43-44 NIV84
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
How Can I Forgive Someone Who Hurt Me? (2 of 2)
2) Forgive as you’ve been FORGIVEN.
Colossians 3:13 NIV84
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Talk It Over
Forgiveness isn’t just a message topic. It’s what Christianity is all about. Talk over these questions with someone this week. 1) What do you think is the hardest wrong to forgive? 2) What are you most grateful that you have been forgiven of? 3) What step do you need to take this week to forgive someone who has wronged you?