Summary: Realized forgiveness is a gauge of one’s relationship to God. Realized forgiveness plays out in our... Part 2 of a 2 part sermon.

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Verses :36-38 unveils the “sinner’s” gift, which is promptly challenged in :39 by the Pharisee. To which Jesus responds with a lesson in :40-50 highlighting a Pharisaical lack of spiritual insight to the truth about personal sin & forgiveness & the actions associated with appreciation.

Jesus revealed to Simon that realized forgiveness was a gauge of his relationship to God.

Our love for God is gauged by realized forgiveness.

Realized forgiveness is a gauge of one’s relationship to God.

How is realized forgiveness a gauge of faith/relationship to God?

8 areas/tests of realized forgiveness.

Realized forgiveness plays out in our...

1. Encounters(:36-37)

2. Appreciation(:37-38)

3. Opinions/Prejudices(:39)

4. Attentiveness(:40)

5—Realized forgiveness plays out in



:41—“A certain moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, & the other fifty.”

:42—“When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. Which of them therefore will love him more?”

“Graciously/Frankly/Freely Forgave”—carizomai— ‘Graced’

:43—“Simon answered & said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.”


Eph. 4:7—“But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”

Mat. 6:12-15—“‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Thine is the kingdom, & the power, & the glory, forever. Amen.]’ “For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. “But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”


Electric Co./Indebted to their provision of electricity/Thus, we pay monthly/Jailed wrongly/Lawyer gains justice/INDEBTEDNESS


?Forgiveness Realized in your INDEBTEDNESS?

?Is Forgiveness Realized in your life?

6—Realized forgiveness plays out in



:44—“And turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears, & wiped them with her hair.”

:45—“You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet.”

:46—“You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.”

Don’t supply what is necessary—A measure of ‘respect’.

Social pressures of goodness don’t override intimate prejudices.


Rom. 3:23—“...for all have sinned & fall short of the glory of God,”


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