Forgiveness Revolution: Part 5: Forgiving Others /Take the Next Step Commitment Sunday


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Forgiveness Revolution! I Need to Forgive Others

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What Forgiveness is NOT. . . Approval of what was done Excuse for or justification of what was done Minimization of what was done(Denial of, blindness to, not treating seriously, pretending not to be hurt) Weakness

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What Forgiveness is NOT. . . Removal of consequences Reconciliation (which requires two parties) Restoration of relationship or trust Justice served Healing

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What Forgiveness IS. . . Awareness of what was done It is a choice (with or without feeling) Letting go of the right to punish or otherwise use the offense against the offender A process An act of trust in God’s justice A participation in the merciful and gracious character of God Choosing NOT to be a victim any longer

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Why Should I Forgive!?

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“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. - Lewis Smedes

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See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:15

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For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15

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Two Basic Concepts in Matthew 6 Our relationships with people affect our other relationships with people AND our relationship to God (Lord’s Prayer) The flow of God’s blessing, love, forgiveness, joy, character, etc is FROM God TO us TO other people

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 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

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2 Corinthians 8:1-7 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 

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And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. So we urged Titus, just as he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

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When You Take a Step Forward in Generosity . . . You receive joy Generosity comes back to you You join the flow of God’s giving/blessing. . . You acknowledge and honor God’s blessing to you You trust for God’s provision You are changed for the better You show others what abundant living looks like

Summary: Forgiving Others - February 4, 2018 - Pine Island UMC, Bokeelia, Florida

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