Summary: Forgiveness is made possible by Jesus Christ
Thank God for all the ways that He forgives you every hour so you can be much more merciful to those you come in contact with everyday.
3. Jesus wants us to forgive others because He does not want us to fall into the temptation of judging others with our own standards.
Only God has all the facts to judge people with perfect objectivity. Jesus said, “Do not judge or you will be judged. (Matt 7:1,2)
If anyone thinks they know all the facts about another person they are sadly mistaken. Only God’s knowledge is complete.
Only the Lord is completely impartial. Only our heavenly Father’s judgement is fair and final.
Reserve judgement for the only one who is all knowing and all powerful.
4. The Lord is the only one who is has the perfect discernment to judge people perfectly.
Only the Lord is in possession of the entire facts about a person, their situation and their motives. Stop thinking that you can read another individual’s motives.
Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.
5. No human is fit to judge the servant of another. Paul wrote, “Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand. (Rom 14:4)
Do not be guilty of the sin of presuming that you can know what is going on in a person’s mind when they do certain things. Christians are at all levels of maturity in their faith, knowledge and ministry capacities.
When we fail to forgive or try to judge other people we are actually trying to take the place of God or the law who is able to judge perfectly.
Paul said, “I do not even judge myself nor do I allow others to judge me. Judgement belongs to the Lord.” (I Cor. 4:4,5)
Trust the Lord for the ability to be less critical of yourself or others.
Be more forgiving as Christ has shown you great mercy.
Ask the Lord for the serenity to accept the things you cannot change, the courage to change the things you can and the wisdom to know the difference. God is the only one who is a position to judge another.
The Meaning for Our Lives
Ask each person to share how they have failed to forgive another person for some offense.
Ask each person to share how they plan to ask the Lord to help them forgive that person from their heart.
What are some of the consequences of failing to forgive that person?
Ask each person to share some of the problems involved with judging other people and their motives?
What should do when other people try to judge us or fail to forgive us for an offense?
Allow for time to ask God for the forgiveness of their sins of commission, omission, wrong attitudes and faulty assumptions.
Give time to the people to share how the Lord has graciously forgiven all of their past, present and future sins, if they are truly a born again child of the heavenly Father.
Jesus said, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation.” (Matt. 6:12)
Song: “He forgave my sins, in Jesus name. I am born again in Jesus name. And in Jesus name, I come to you. To share God’s love and He told me to. He said, Freely, freely you have received. Freely, freely give.”