Improve your sermon prep with our brand new study tools! Learn all about them here.
Sermons

Summary: No matter the offense against you, if you are forgiven by God, then you CAN forgive others!

  Study Tools

Forgiveness

June 2, 2013 Morning Service

Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK

Rick Boyne

Message Point: No matter the offense against you, if you are forgiven by God, then you CAN forgive others!

Focus Passage: Matthew 18:21-35

Supplemental Passage: "Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. (Matthew 5:23-24 NASB)

Introduction: Forgive –

1 a : to give up resentment of or claim to requital for

b : to grant relief from payment of

2 : to cease to feel resentment against (an offender) : pardon

(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forgive)

I. Offenses

a. Broken trust, lies, abuse, theft, insults, attitudes, etc

b. Some people are too easily offended; “walking on eggshells”

c. Some offenses aren’t even personal (mad at someone because of what they did to someone else)

d. Some are so personal they a huge gaping wound in your life

II. Grudges

a. Holding a grudge is like constantly picking at that wound and never letting it heal

b. Holding a grudge is hard work;

c. Holding a grudge has the potential to color everything else that person does

d. Holding a grudge let’s a person live “rent free” in your head 24/7

III. Forgiveness

a. It is usually impossible to “forgive and forget”; only God can do that

b. When a deep physical wound heals, it leaves a scar. A scar is PROOF of healing.

c. Forgiveness doesn’t mean getting yourself back into an abusive relationship

d. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you have to start liking a person; but you do have to love them

e. Forgiveness is letting go of the resentment

Invitation: Someone who says “I CANNOT forgive” has never experienced God’s forgiveness. One who has been forgiven much, can forgive much.


Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion