Introduction: Matthew 18:21-35
When we look back on a failed relationship. A job we could of have had…how do we make sure that next time isn’t like last time.
Stuff Phil said:
“We have an incredible memory for when we've been wronged.”
“We live in an unforgiving world.”
“If you are refusing to forgive, you are carrying a weight you are not intended to carry. When you choose not to forgive--to hold on to resentment, bitterness, grudges--you are imprisoned and tortured.”
“if we don't learn how to forgive, we will blow chance after chance.”
“Forgiveness doesn't mean: that what happened is okay, that someone is sorry/understands, that justice is forfeited, that all wrongs are forgotten.”
“Forgiveness means: that I am not owed anything, that I release your right to the debt, that I have decided you have no power over me.”
How do you know if you have not forgiven someone?
Do you think un-forgiveness gives undeserved power to the person(s) whom hurt you?
How does this quote “Forgiveness says, I extend love and grace to you in spite of how you feel about me or how you wronged me" speak to you?
What does Colossians 3:13 say about forgiveness?
Are forgiveness and justices incompatible? Why?
What steps can you take to make forgiveness a lifestyle?
How do you deal with the pain of your past and live a life of forgiveness?
Take time to recognize your pain and choose to forgive.