Forgiveness Revolution: Part 3: Origin of Forgiveness


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Forgiveness Revolution!

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Why Learn to Forgive? – The Selfish Reasons Better health – BP, cholesterol, immune response, heart risk factor, stress Better relationships – with God, with yourself, and with others “You reap what you sow” - What fills your heart and actions is what comes back to you Take power back – “Forgiveness does not change [your] past, but it enlarges [your] future”

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Colossians 2:11-14, The Message Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It’s not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws.

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No, you’re already in—insiders—not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin.

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If it’s an initiation ritual you’re after, you’ve already been through it by submitting to baptism. Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection,

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God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ!

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Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross.

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Forgiveness Revolution!

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9 He will not constantly accuse us,     nor remain angry forever. 10 He does not punish us for all our sins;     he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.

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11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him     is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. 12 He has removed our sins as far from us     as the east is from the west.

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Approval of what was done Excuse or justification of what was done Minimization of what was done(Denial of, blindness to, not treating seriously, pretending not to be hurt) Removal of natural consequences of our actions What God’s Forgiveness is NOT. . .

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Reconciliation (which requires two parties) Restoration of trust Justice served Healing What God’s Forgiveness is NOT. . .

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Expression of God’s love in spite of what was done “For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.” Romans 3:21-24 What God’s Forgiveness IS. . .

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What we’ve learned is this: God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. Romans 3:27, The Message

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It is God’s gracious choice For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. - John 3:17

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Letting go of the right to punish or otherwise use the offense against us He has removed our sins as far from us     as the east is from the west. Psalm 103:12

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A expression of the merciful and gracious character of God This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10

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It is the basis for . . .(Romans5-6) A relationship with God The healing of our past True freedom A brand new life

Summary: January 21, 2018 Pine Island UMC

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