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    Forgiveness a

    Friday, November 04, 2016


    This morning we’re discussing how God changes us from the inside.  One of the ways God has continually changed me is through understanding how God has forgiven me and helped me to forgive others.  I love Rick Warren’s thoughts on forgiveness....

    “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34a NIV).

    Forgiveness may be the most misused, misapplied, and misunderstood quality in our culture.  We think we know what forgiveness is all about, but we really don’t.  Before reading further, take a minute to do this little quiz by deciding if each statement is true or false.

    1. A person should not be forgiven until he asks for it.
    2. Forgiving includes minimising the offence and the pain caused.
    3. Forgiveness includes restoring trust and reuniting a relationship.
    4. You haven’t really forgiven until you’ve forgotten the offence.
    5. When you see somebody hurt, it is your duty to forgive the offender.


    When you read the Bible and see what God has to say about forgiveness, you discover that all five of those statements are false. How did you do?

    Real forgiveness is unconditional.  There’s no attachment to it.  You don’t earn it.  You don’t deserve it.  You don’t bargain for it.  Forgiveness is not based on a promise to never do it again.  You offer it to somebody, whether they ask for it or not.

    When Jesus stretched out his hands on the cross and said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” nobody had asked for it (Luke 23:34a NIV).  Nobody had said, “Please forgive me, Jesus, for what we’re doing to you.”  He just offered it.  He took the initiative.

    Remember that God will give you the grace to forgive as you walk in faith with Him.

    Jarrod

    Jarrod Flack

    Youth Pastor