Passport (Week 6)
Kingdom FREEDOM - FORGIVENESS
PASSPORT - WEEK 6
Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”
“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!
“Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars.He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt.
“But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.
“But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.
“His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.
“When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.
“That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”
GOD FORGIVES OUR DEBT
The Bible talks about sin creating a debt we owe to God. If our sin is like the debt the first servant owed the king, could we ever pay it off on our own? Do you have a million spiritual dollars kicking around to pay of the debt of your sin? The Good News is that when we repent of our sin and believe in Jesus our enormous debt is completely forgiven because God considers it paid off by Jesus on the cross. What's the best thing for you knowing that your debt (sin) has been forgiven?
Let's recite our memory work.
WE FORGIVE OTHER'S DEBT
Jesus' parable is all about size:
- The size of our debt (sin)
- The size of God's forgiveness of our debt (sin)
- The size our debt (sin) in comparison to the size of other people's debt (sin) to us
Why is it important to first remember how much we have been forgiven as we consider forgiving others?
Forgiven people - forgive people ... at least they should!
Here are some reasons why we don't forgive ...
- It's hard
- We're hurt
- We're ungrateful
- We're unforgiven (We have never come to Jesus to ask for the debt of our sin to be forgiven)
Which reason is most true of you and why? If there is another reason why we (you) don't forgive, what is it? What has helped you to overcome this block and move on to forgiveness?
Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
WHAT FORGIVENESS IS AND IS NOT
- Forgiveness isn’t a feeling; it’s a choice of obedience
- Forgiveness isn’t necessarily a bilateral negotiation; it’s a unilateral action - Luke 23:34
- Forgiveness doesn’t make the other person right; it makes you free
- Forgiveness let’s others off your hook, but not off God’s - Romans 12:19 - Forgiveness is giving up your right to revenge to the Lord
- Forgiveness isn’t reconciliation, but can lead to it
- Forgiveness isn’t automatically trusting the person, but can lead to a second chance
- Forgiveness doesn’t remove the consequences of the sin nor the need for accountability
- Forgiveness isn’t forgetting, but it leads to healing (relational, emotional, spiritual and physical)
- Forgiveness isn’t just for small sins; it’s for all sins
- Forgiveness isn’t always humanly possible, but with God all things are possible
- God forgave you! Forgiven people forgive people
- The greater the sin to forgive, the greater the grace to forgive it
Which of these 10 points do you need to reflect on and act on right now?
A PRAYER OF GETTING AND GIVING FORGIVENESS
Father, I am a sinner. Forgive me. Specifically, I confess and repent of (my sin). Thank you for your amazing forgiveness! I now choose to forgive (person’s name) for (what they did to hurt me). I give up my right to revenge and ask you to forgive them. Set me free from my bitterness and heal my damaged emotions. I now ask You to bless (person’s name). In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Which phrase in this prayer is most significant for you right now?