BENEFITS OF FORGIVENESS

 

Text: Mt.18:23-35

 

What is forgiveness?

 

The world’s definition of forgiveness is different from that which the Bible describes.

 

The world define it as a willingness to let go of negative emotions toward someone such as vengeance.

 

Bible define it in  Matthew 6:14 : “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”  The Greek word for forgive means “to send away,” to “depart,” or “to yield up” which means you send away from ever being in the presence of either party.  That means that if my brother offends me and I forgive him, then I “send away” the offense from myself and from him so that it is never brought up again.

True biblical and godly forgiveness is this; “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8) and “while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life” (Rom 5:10).

 

Matthew 6:9-13 (Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

 

Luke 6:37 (“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;

 

Mark 11:25 (And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

 

Matthew 6:14-15 (For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

 

Matthew 18:21-35(A Story About Forgiveness

21 At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?”

 

22 Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.

Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7 NKJV)

 

FACTS ABOUT UNFORGIVENESS

 

The master said that the servant is wicked. So, unforgiveness is wickedness

The master was angry with the unforgiving servant. So, unforgiveness provoke God’s anger

The master delivered the servant to the tormentors. So, unforgiveness deliver one to Satan/devil

 

Types of torment:

  • Physical: sickness, disease in the body
  • Mental :Fear, confusion
  • Spiritual: Satan accusations – accuser of brethren – Rev.12:10

 

Forgiveness produces;

  • Peace,
  • Reconciliation
  • Harmony
  • Understanding
  • Fellowship

 

Unforgiveness produces:

  • Strife
  • Bitterness
  • Disharmony
  • Hatred
  • Warfare

 

Have you forgive yourself?

 

Forgiveness is a decision that MUST be made

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