About This Message
What is forgiveness?
The word literally means “to let go” or “to send away.” Forgiveness is when you release to the Lord any bitterness that you might feel you have a right to have towards someone else and let God handle the matter in His own way.
Forgiveness is to give up the right to get even, or hold in debt, someone who has wronged you. Forgiveness does not want revenge. Forgiveness is to set someone free from an obligation to you that is a result of a wrong done against you (may not change the situation but it changes your attitude.) Forgiveness is an attitude, not an action
I. Never Stop Forgiving
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)
“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26 “The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. Matthew 18:23-27 (NIV)
But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. 29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ 30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. Matthew 18:28-30 (NIV)
When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. 32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.” Matthew 18:31-35 (NIV)
Some men stay healthy until the day they die…others have no happiness at all; they live and die with bitter hearts. Job 21:23-25 TEV
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
Total Forgiveness – R.T. Kendall
The Gift of Forgiveness – Charles Stanley