Forgiveness Revolution: Part 6: Forgiving Others (continued)


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Not looking for excuses for them

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Quote of proverbs 25:21

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Forgiveness Revolution! Forgiving Others: Part 2

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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 Removal of consequences Reconciliation (which requires two parties) Restoration of relationship or trust Justice served Healing Weakness

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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

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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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The Heart of Forgiveness “Refusing to let the offense have the last word”

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Forgiveness is More Practical Than Moral No one is being punished more than you Unforgiveness empowers the offender Unforgiveness stunts spiritual and emotional growth Your refusal to forgive does not heal you or right the wrong Your refusal to forgive lets the offense have the last word

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Some Qualifiers. . . The “steps” don’t always occur in order The “steps” often have to be repeated, sometimes many times It is not always easy to know when you’re done It is very difficult work

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Decide to Forgive Forgiveness is not an event, but a process to commit to Ask God to help Continually reaffirm the reasons for your decision Be patient with yourself Healing/freedom comes with the process, not just at the “end”

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Rediscover the humanity of the offender “Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.” Romans 12:14 Be brutally honest with yourself about your own sin. “How is it that I could find myself doing the same thing they did?”

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Let Go of the Notion of Punishing or Getting Restitution from the Offender “Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,    ’I will take revenge; I will pay them back,’ says the Lord.” Romans 12:19 “I know that my Redeemer lives” Job 19:25 Look and pray to God for healing God is Judge and Healer

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Stop Acting out of Animosity Towards the Offender Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” Repaying sin with sin increases sin Establish and enforce appropriate boundaries

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Say the Words, “I Forgive You” Spoken words are powerful! Decision: whether to speak them directly to the offender It may be necessary to explain what you mean and don’t mean by “I forgive you.” Establish and enforce appropriate boundaries

Summary: Rev. Eric McCrea, preaching - February 25, 2018, Pine Island UMC - Bokeelia, Florida

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