Forgiveness Revolution: Part 7: Impossible Forgiveness


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Forgiveness Revolution! Impossible Forgiveness

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“Impossible Forgiveness” When the person is no longer available When the offense to “too big” Other circumstances When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, “Then who can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:25-26, NRSV

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What Forgiveness is NOT. . . Approval, excuse, justification, or minimization of what was done Removal of consequences Reconciliation or restoration of trust Pretending like it never happened Justice or Healing Weakness Forgetting

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What Forgiveness IS. . . Remembering the offense 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 Getting to the point where you can pray/wish for good things for the offender Paying forward what you have received

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Symptoms That Forgiveness Hasn’t Happened You have a hard time speaking their name You hear that something good has happened to them and you aren’t happy for them You are unable to think about them separate from what they did You find yourself blaming them for things that are happening to you now You wish they were “just gone.”

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Resources for Forgiving Setting Boundaries Taking a forgiveness inventory Naming/Confessing the “bitter root” Asking God for help “Reframing” the situation (Romans12:1-2) Praying for good to come to the person

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Signs that you’re on the Path Awareness of the need to forgive Decision to forgive Changes in feelings towards the person Saying the words out loud You can pray for the blessing of this person You experience a measure of gratitude for the whole experience

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Imagine. . . Not carrying the bitterness around anymore That “foothold” is no longer available in your heart The energy expended in relation to the offense being used positively “bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” FALLING AWAY POWERLESS

Summary: Rev. Eric McCrea, preaching - March 4, 2018, Pine Island UMC - Bokeelia, Florida

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