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Forgiveness What does forgive mean? It has several definitions: 1. to stop being angry about or resenting somebody or somebody's behavior 2. to excuse.

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2 Forgiveness What does forgive mean? It has several definitions: 1. to stop being angry about or resenting somebody or somebody's behavior 2. to excuse somebody for a mistake, misunderstanding, wrongdoing, or inappropriate behavior 3. to cancel an obligation such as a debt

3 Forgiveness Forgiveness means: 1. the act of pardoning somebody for a mistake or wrongdoing 2. the tendency to forgive offenses readily and easily In a quick examination do you possess these? Are you able to forgive? Is forgiveness part of your character?

4 Forgiveness If we are going to understand forgiveness we might begin with the forgiveness offered by God. O Psalm 130 – the psalmist speaks of the forgiveness offered by God

5 Forgiveness The psalmist rightly points out that no one could stand without God’s forgiveness. O Lev. 4-6; Num O Psalm 78:34-39 – the psalmist sings of God’s forgiveness This forgiveness is only possible by God because only God could see forward to the perfect sacrifice of Jesus.

6 Forgiveness So as we realize that God alone can forgive sins we learn how we might have the forgiveness of our sins. O Heb. 9:23-28 – Jesus offered Himself once for all sins O Rom. 6:3-7 – we are baptized into His death O Acts 2:38 – repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins

7 Forgiveness After baptism: O Acts 8:22 – repent and pray for forgiveness O 1 John 1:9 – He is faithful and just to forgive O Heb. 8:12 – He will remember them no more

8 Forgiveness We can see the characteristics of forgive and forgiveness, as defined by man, in God. Where do we go to learn forgiveness? We go to God.

9 Forgiveness Can we forgive? Do we have forgiveness in our hearts? As Christians we must possess these.

10 Forgiveness O Matt. 18:21-35 – Jesus teaches a basic principle of forgiveness O Luke 17:3-4 – Jesus teaches a basic principle of forgiveness O Eph. 4:32 – Paul teaches a basic principle of forgiveness As we look at each of these principles do we apply them as necessary?

11 Forgiveness The first principle is one of readiness to forgive. O Matt. 18:21-35 – forgiveness should be abundant and readily given, forgiveness must be from the heart O 2 Tim. 4:16 – Paul had forgiveness in his heart – Acts 7:60 O Gen. 50:15-21 – Joseph is an example of this principle

12 Forgiveness The second principle involves order. O Luke 17:3-4 – rebuke, if he repents forgive O Matt. 18:15-17 – go to him, if he hears you have gained O Eph. 4:26 – anger must not lead to sin – wrath and hatred O Rom. 12:19-21 – we must remember that God will avenge all things

13 Forgiveness The third principle is forgiving as we have been forgiven. O Eph. 4:32 – tender hearted and forgiving O Mark 11:25-26 – forgive for forgiveness O Col. 3:12-13 – just as we have forgiveness we must forgive O Matt. 6:12 – Jesus teaches this in our prayers O Luke 24:34 – Jesus demonstrates this

14 Forgiveness Forgiveness can be difficult. We can say “I forgive you” and still hold a grudge. Is that forgiveness? We can refuse to forgive when asked. We must seek forgiveness and be ready to forgive.


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