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Kingdom FREEDOM - FORGIVENESS

Passport - Week 6

Matthew 18:21-35

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.”

The size of our debt (sin) and God’s forgiveness

God’s forgiveness sets us free from sin’s

  • Guilt
  • Shame

In popular thought guilt is feeling bad about what you do. Shame is feeling bad about who you are.

In Biblical thought guilt is an awareness of failure against a standard. Shame is a sense of failure before the eyes of someone.

  • Status

Romans 5:9-10

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

Romans 5:1

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Penalty

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • Destiny

The size of our debt (sin) and God’s forgiveness leads us to forgive others their debt (sin) against us, which though big is always smaller

FORGIVEN PEOPLE FORGIVE PEOPLE

Ephesians 4:32
 
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
 
Colossians 3:13
 
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

FORGIVEN PEOPLE FORGIVE PEOPLE AT LEAST THEY SHOULD

Matthew 18:33
 
Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?

Why don’t we forgive?

  • It's hard
  • We're hurt
  • We're ungrateful
  • We're unforgiven

The point of this parable isn’t JUST forgive others BUT receive God’s forgiveness and pass it on

Matthew 6:12
 
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

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.

Karl House