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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.


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,”


Mark & Valerie Billington/Termite infested house/Prior owner’s Shortcomings cost


?Forgiveness Realized in your SHORTCOMINGS?

?Is Forgiveness Realized in your life?

7—Realized forgiveness plays out in

Our LOVE(:47)


:47—“For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

“Her sins”—Fruit of sinful nature

“Loved much”—Jesus the object of her love

Our Love must be lodged in Jesus.

“Forgiven”—afihmi—Leave, Send away, Abandon

Genuineness of Forgiveness results from genuineness of love for Jesus.

Magnitude of one is directly proportional to the magnitude of the other.

Likewise, ‘littleness’ of love results in comparable Forgiveness.


Ex. 20:12—“Honor your father & your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.”


Child/Breaks family heirloom/Sincerely apologizes because love parents/Our Love

Catherine/Disobeys/We forgave/Returns later out of respect & apologizes/Loved much


?Forgiveness Realized in your LOVE?

?Is Forgiveness Realized in your life?

8—Realized forgiveness plays out in

Our FORGIVER(:48-49)

—Explanation:(:48-49) Faith

:48—“And He said to her, “Your sins have been forgiven.”

Why important to have sins forgiven?

Sins are the fruit of our selfishness.

:49—“And those who were reclining at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this man who even forgives sins?”

Real Faith

Real Peace

*Who forgives us determines What is forgiven.


1Jn. 1:7-9—“but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, & the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, & the truth is not in us.” If we confess our sins, He is faithful & righteous to forgive us our sins & to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Mic. 7:18-19—“Who is a God like Thee, who pardons iniquity And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in unchanging love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, Thou wilt cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea.”

Isa. 1:15-18—“So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you, Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood. “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless; Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow. “Come now, & let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.”

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