• Forgiveness is one of our foundational principle’s ,to Christian living yet one of the very things that still hold many in bondage today.
• Most folks are fine with the principle of forgiveness but never truly execute its full meaning in their life. (they will say the words, but not apply it their daily life)
• The absence of forgiveness in a person’s life is a destructive bondage causing; strife, division, depression, oppression, sickness, divorce, and even damnation.
• Definition of Forgiveness: Is to grant free pardon or remission of any offense or debt; to give up all claim.
I wish to thank everyone who came here to New Life Fellowship Institute tonight and hope that we all walk away with a better understanding about Unforgiveness.
Tonight after the Sermon we will be having a Communion Service so please have your Wine, or Grape Juice, and Wafers, or unleavened bread ready: Please
Let us Please Pray: Father I ask for your anointing tonight, as I want to follow your lead on the subject of forgiveness , in the manor you have laid it on my heart this week, it is so very much needed , For without forgiveness in our heart we have no favor with you. Thank you for your Word tonight in Jesus Name we pray: Amen and the people said?
5 KEYS TO WALKING IN FORGIVENESS
1) Forgiveness is a command not a suggestion. Notice I said command, and not commandment please keep that in mind.
Open your Bibles to Matt 6:14
14 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, you’re heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. [See how it favors God]
• This is right after the Lord taught His disciples how to pray.
• This is a spiritual principle
• God doesn’t want to talk to us until we have reconciled our differences with one another. (Mat. 5:24) leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift, this is written in red spoken by Jesus during the beatitudes
Prov 19:11 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression.
Prov 24:29 Do not say, "I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work." (No eye for an eye attitude)
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; (three of these are also fruits of the Spirit) but that’s another sermon coming soon.
13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
2) There is no limit to forgiveness.
21 Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven?”
22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
• Jesus didn’t mean forgive 490 times and stop, it is limitless.
• How many times do you want to be forgiven?
• 1 Cor. 13:5 Love keeps no record of wrongs.
• 1Pet. 4:8 Love covers a multitude of sins.
• We should learn to forgive as God forgives.
• Ps 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
3) Unforgiveness holds us in bondage.
23 "Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
24 "And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
25 "But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made.
26 "The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ’Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’
27 "Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
28 "But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denari; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ’Pay me what you owe!’
29 "So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ’Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’
30 "And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.
31 "So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all ... That had been done.
I had a debt that I could not pay, He had a debt he did not owe, and Christ Jesus paid the Debt that I could never pay. He paid for my Sins on the cross. : Amen
Thought I would throw that one in, I used to love to sing that song.
Ok back to forgiveness
32 "Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ’you wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
33 ’Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’
34 "And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
35 "So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses." (This is one of the points here)
• It prevents the forgiveness from the Father. And like the song I just posted if I preach this at the revival you bet I will be singing this song also.” It gives me chills to think that my Lord was hanging on that tree for my debt.”
• We were forgiven a debt that we could never pay back, any debt to us is miniscule in comparison yet we want to collect on it anyway.
• Vs. 34 He was delivered to the torturers. It opens up the door to physical and mental illness and demonic strongholds.
• It can limit or even cut off blessings in our life.
• Mat. 6:14-15 we can block our own forgiveness.- If we don’t forgive, we cannot be forgiven.
• Prov 28:13 He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
• Unforgiveness is a sin which blocks prosperity.
• It leaves us bitter and our hearts hardened.
• Heb 12:15 looking diligently lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
4) Forgiveness is a volitional act. (Like a willful or willing act)
• Not a feeling but a decision.
• It is continual (past, present and future)
• It is of the spirit - not the flesh, not the soul.
• You must be able to see your offender as a living spirit, not an enemy, Not some challenge on life’s little road way, not just a speed bump on your road to paradise.
5) Reconciliation is always the answer. (The entire New Testament is about reconciliation between Man and God)
• We cannot afford any areas of unforgiveness in our life. When I was in Bible College we had a Flesh burning class on Christian Character, and Forgiveness, we spent a week having to think back a life time and call the one’s we had not forgiven , and reconcile with them, folks that was a hard thing to do. But glad I had to do it, to pass the class.
• We must keep our conscience clear and keep ourselves reconciled to others. And Do this daily
• Don’t dwell on it, turn it over to God quickly, (then you don’t have to think back as I did)
• Command your soul to be subject to your spirit.
I’ll close with this
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
• “Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much” Amen