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The Healing Power
of Forgiveness
Jesus said:
• If you forgive those who sin
against you, your heavenly
Father will forgive you. But if
you refuse to forgive others,
your Father will not forgive
your sins.
Matthew 6:14-15 (NLT)
• It is said that most emotional
problems among evangelical
Christians are caused by the
failure to understand, receive and
live out God’s unconditional love,
forgiveness and grace in others,
by forgiving there trespasses
against you.
Why do Christians, who have been
forgiven so much, have such
difficulty forgiving others?
• For everyone to whom much is
given, from him much will be
required;
Luke 12:48 (NKJV)
THERE ARE THREE REASONS
WHY I CAN’T FORGIVE:
• 1. I don’t understand what forgiveness is
and what it isn’t.
How would you respond to the following questions from the
survey? Rate each statement as an ACCURATE or an
INACCURATE description of forgiveness.
• You cannot honestly forgive someone unless that
person shows some remorse for what they did. (62%
agreed)
• If you really forgive someone, you would want that
person to be released from the consequences of
their actions. (60% agreed)
• If you genuinely forgive someone, you should
rebuild your relationship with that person. (73%
agreed)
• If you have really forgiven someone, you should be
able to forget what they have done to you. (66%
agreed)
The biblical perspective is that each
of these statements is WRONG!
• Only 4% of respondents gave
the biblical response to all the
questions!
• These FOUR MYTHS identified above
confuse the issue of forgiveness for many
people. We’re going to deal with all of these
questions in this series, because it is vital that
Christians have a biblical viewpoint –
especially about an issue as crucial as
forgiveness!
• A failure to understand the true nature of
forgiveness leads to prolonged bitterness,
illegitimate fears and unnecessary guilt, and
prevents us from receiving and granting life’s
most important gift!
THERE ARE THREE REASONS
WHY I CAN’T FORGIVE:
• 1. I don’t understand what forgiveness is
and what it isn’t.
• 2. I’m riding the “guilt-blame” seesaw.
• The more guilt you feel for your own mistakes,
the more blame you must pile on to remain in
emotional equilibrium. But what happens if you
suddenly get rid of the blame toward others
(through forgiveness) without also removing
your guilt? You will emotionally CRASH!
• Our sense of self-preservation keeps us from
forgiving – we don’t want to grant forgiveness
and be left holding the bag of personal guilt. So,
in reality, it is our guilt for our own personal
failures in our relationships that prohibits us from
forgiving others. If we do choose to forgive, we
will attach blame to someone else to keep in
emotional balance.
THERE ARE THREE REASONS
WHY I CAN’T FORGIVE:
• 1. I don’t understand what forgiveness is
and what it isn’t.
• 2. I’m riding the “guilt-blame” seesaw.
• 3. I can’t give away what I don’t possess.
• It is basically impossible to impart
something to another person that YOU
have not fully experienced. If the majority
of people on this planet have never
experienced the unconditional forgiveness
of God, is it any wonder they have
difficulty forgiving others?
• You can’t give away what you don’t
possess. ONLY THE FORGIVEN CAN
TRULY FORGIVE!
• “And be ye kind one to another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
even as God for Christ’s sake hath
forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:32
• Luke 7:41-47 41 Then Jesus told him this story: “A man
loaned money to two people—five hundred pieces of
silver to one and fifty pieces to the other. 42 But neither
of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both,
canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him
more after that?” 43 Simon answered, “I suppose the
one for whom he canceled the larger debt.” “That’s right,”
Jesus said. 44 Then he turned to the woman and said to
Simon, “Look at this woman kneeling here. When I
entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash
the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her
tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You didn’t give
me a kiss of greeting, but she has kissed my feet again
and again from the time I first came in. 46 You neglected
the courtesy of olive oil to anoint my head, but she has
anointed my feet with rare perfume. 47 I tell you, her
sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she
has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven
little shows only little love.”
• Several years ago a lady with colon cancer, who
had only four months to live, was interviewed
about her illness. “How does it feel to know that
you are terminal?” the interviewer asked. She
replied, “The truth is, we are all terminal. The
only difference is that some of us realize it and
some of us don’t.”
• Both Simon and the prostitute suffered from
the terminal disease of sin, and both were in
need of forgiveness from Jesus. THE ONLY
DIFFERENCE WAS THEIR AWARENESS OF
THEIR CONDITION. The prostitute
understood her need for forgiveness; Simon
denied his.
For all have sinned,
and come short of
the glory of God.
Romans 3:23
But we are all as an
unclean thing, and all our
righteousnesses are as
filthy rags
Isaiah 64:6
THERE ARE THREE REASONS
WHY I CAN’T FORGIVE:
• 1. I don’t understand what forgiveness is
and what it isn’t.
• 2. I’m riding the “guilt-blame” seesaw.
• 3. I can’t give away what I don’t possess.
Can You Possess Forgiveness Today?
EVERY OTHER RELIGION
EMPHASIZES MAN’S
RESPONSIBILITY TO
SECURE GOD’S
APPROVAL.
ONLY IN CHRISTIANITY
IS GOD’S LOVE
UNCONDITIONAL
Jesus gave us these words in Luke 6:36-37
36Therefore be merciful, just as your
Father also is merciful. 37“Judge not,
and you shall not be judged.
Condemn not, and you shall not be
condemned. Forgive, and you will be
forgiven.
Justice, Grace and Mercy
Justice is receiving what you deserve
Grace is receiving what you don’t deserve
Mercy is not receiving what you deserve
Choose to Forgive Today
Jesus said: For if ye forgive men their
trespasses, your heavenly Father will also
forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their
trespasses, neither will your Father forgive
your trespasses.
Matthew 6:14-15
Does this mean God forgives them?
NO! They still must make peace with God
But when YOU forgive you put on the Spirit
of Christ in your life
Choose To Be Merciful Today
Be ye therefore merciful,
as your Father also is merciful.
LUKE 6:36
Mercy is not receiving what we deserve!
Principal:
God is merciful to the merciful and
judgmental on the merciless
If you want mercy if your life…
Be Merciful to others!

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