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Forgiveness: Giving As You Received

Mike Measley  •  EFBC
REAL peace  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  35:50
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Pathway to REAL peace

Go Higher - 1 Corinthians 10:31
Overlook - Proverbs 19:11
Imitate the Heart of God - Lamentations 3:22-24
Look Within - Matthew 7:3-5; James 4:1
Accept Responsibility - Proverbs 28:13
Gently Engage - Galatians 6:1
Forgiveness: Giving as You Received - Colossians 3:12-17, Ephesians 4:32
Forgiveness, the final stop on the path to REAL peace.
You could do all of the other stops along the path, and have solved the problem. But that is not the goal God has given to us, to just remove problems from our lives.
Problem Solving, vs. Restoring Relationship
Matthew 5:23–24 NIV84

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

Be reconciled... this is more than just being ok. Problem resolved. There is restoration of the relationship.
To move to REAL peace, restoration of relationships we need REAL forgiveness.
Not only is this We are commanded
But what is forgiveness?

Forgiveness is...

Not a Feeling, but an act of the will.
Not Forgetting, but choosing to 'remember no more'
Not Excusing, but acting in light of the hurt and offense (It's NOT O.K.)

Forgiveness is

To free from penalty

Psalm 130:3–4 NIV84

If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins,

O Lord, who could stand?

But with you there is forgiveness;

therefore you are feared.

Matthew 6:9–15 NIV84

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“ ‘Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one.’

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

To free from bondage

Luke 4:18 NIV84

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

because he has anointed me

to preach good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

and recovery of sight for the blind,

to release the oppressed,

Matthew 26:28 NIV84

This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Hebrews 10:18–22 NIV84

And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

To free graciously

It is not deserved and cannot be earned.
Luke 7:41–43 NIV84

“Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

Psalm 103:10–12 NIV84

he does not treat us as our sins deserve

or repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his love for those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,

so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Romans 6:23 NIV84

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 4:32 NIV84

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Colossians 3:13 NIV84

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

To freely overlook

(Luke 6:37 only occurrence)
Luke 6:37 NIV84

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Isaiah 43:25 NIV84

“I, even I, am he who blots out

your transgressions, for my own sake,

and remembers your sins no more.

When God forgives us, He
Frees us from the penalty that is due to Him. He frees us from His wrath.
Frees us from the bondage, the weight, of our sin. He clears our conscience.
Frees us graciously. We do not deserve it. We could not earn it.
Freely overlooks. He will remember no more.
So, when we are told to forgive as God in Christ has forgiven us, we need to:
Free from the penalty. Our wrath. Restitution.
Free from the bondage.
Free graciously, not expecting them to earn it.
Free them by remembering no more.

Four Promises of Forgiveness

"I will not let this stand between us."
"I will not bring up this incident again to use against you."
"I will not talk to others about this."
"I will not dwell on this incident."

Path to Forgiveness

Begins in the Heart - Before Repentance (Mark 11:25; Luke 23:34; Acts 7:60)

Ends in the Presence - After Repentance (Luke 17:3-4; Acts 2:36-41)

Some Consequences may remain
Numbers 14:20–23 NIV84

The LORD replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth, not one of the men who saw my glory and the miraculous signs I performed in Egypt and in the desert but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times— not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.

Help! I cannot forgive and forget!

Luke 6:27–28 NIV84

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

This is REAL forgiveness. The final stop on the path to REAL peace. It is a tall order! If I'm honest, this is more than I can handle.
Forgive - freeing them from the penalty, freeing them from the bondage, freeing them graciously, freeing them by mercifully remembering no more.
I cannot do this. So this week, let's focus on HIS forgiveness, and the fact that not only does He forgive us, but...
2 Peter 1:3–4 NIV84

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

He has given us what we need to act like He does!
Let's ask God to work His nature in us--love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control--so we will forgive as He has forgiven us in Christ.
Homework
Read Psalm 130:3-4, and Matthew 6:12-15. This aspect of forgiveness is to free from the penalty of a trespass. Focus today on the weight of your sin in against the Holy God. Consider Isaiah 6:1-8. What is the just penalty you deserve. Consider Matthew 25:41 and Revelation 20:10-15. Just how bad is your offense against God that you deserve ETERNAL punishment? God has done what with your penalty? How bad is this person's offense against you, compared to your offense against God? What is the penalty of their offense against you? What is the penalty of their offense against God? Will He forgive them as He forgave you? Will you forgive them as He forgave you?
Read Luke 4:18; Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 10:18-22. God has freed you from the bondage, the weight of your sin. How does He soothe your conscience? Actually, do you receive this forgiveness? Many people struggle with a false guilt? Will you believe that He forgives as He says He does? After receiving this forgiveness, will you do what you can to free your offender's conscience? What will you do? How will you help them see God's forgiveness through you?
Read Luke 7:41-43; Psalm 103:10-12. How has God forgiven you? Did you have to do anything to earn it? Did you deserve forgiveness? Do you expect the one who has offended you to earn your forgiveness? Do you think they have to deserve it? How will you express this kind of forgiveness to them? How will you help them see this aspect of God's forgiveness?
Read Luke 6:37; Isaiah 43:25. To overlook does not mean to forget. How is overlooking different than forgetting? Does God forget our sin? To remember no more is a conscious act of the will--a decision in the moment of remembrance. To just stop thinking is not an option. But what you think on is. Read Philippians 4:8. What good qualities of this person can you choose to keep in mind? How will you put Luke 6:27-28 into practice?
Read Colossians 3:12-17; Ephesians 4:32. Forgive as God in Christ forgave you. Did God wait until you repented to forgive you? (Mark 11:25; Luke 23:34; Acts 7:60) Where does forgiveness start? It finds its culmination when the person comes and repents (Luke 17:3), however it doesn't all happen in that moment does it? When did God decide to forgive you? Find verses to show when He decided to forgive. How will you decide to forgive before the person comes to repent? Pray for God to work His divine nature in you so you can forgive as He forgives. 2 Peter 1:3-4.
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