This episode is the first part of our “God’s Favorite F-Word” teaching series. Our study is based on the Choosing Forgiveness Bible Study (Hope for the Heart Bible Study Series By June Hunt) (Hope for the Heart Bible Studies) Over the next few weeks we will explore:

  • The true definition of forgiveness
  • The characteristics of a forgiving and an unforgiving person
  • The causes of unforgiveness
  • The Biblical steps to take towards forgiveness

God’s Favorite F-Word: What is it? What It’s Not? And How to do it Right?

“If your brother sins against you, rebuke him. And if he repents, forgive him. 4 If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” Luke 17:3-4

  • What is forgiveness?
    • Forgiveness is dissolving a debt
    • Forgiveness is dismissing your demand that others owe you something
    • Forgiveness is delivering someone from the consequence of falling short of God’s standards.

Point to Ponder: Think about how you currently practice forgiveness. What would someone who is not familiar with the Bible, Christianity, or even the dictionary learn about forgiveness from the pages of your life?

  • What forgiveness is NOT
    • Forgiveness is not based on what is fair.
    • Forgiveness is not a circumventing of God’s justice.
    • Forgiveness is not denying the hurt
    • Forgiveness is not dependent on an apology
    • Forgiveness is not a sign of weakness
    • Forgiveness is not a natural response
    • Forgiveness is not is not an option

Point to Ponder: Which one these misconceptions have you embraces as truth? How has it impacted your life?

  • What does it mean to forgive?
    • To forgive means you release your resentment towards your offender: “Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes if everyone.” Romans 12:17
    • To forgive means you release your rights to regarding the offense: “Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.” Proverbs 17:9
    • To forgive means you reflect the character of Christ. You are to be like Him.: “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12

Point to Ponder” How would your life be different if you completely and freely extended and received forgiveness? What impact would it have on your relationships?

  • Now what?
    • Identify at least one scripture to memorize and recite when…
      • You begin to feel resentment towards your offender (even if it’s you)
      • You begin to dwell on the wrong done to you
      • You’d rather not extend grace.
    • Put each passage on an index card
    • One the back of each card write a prayer of surrender and thanks to God for the grace and forgiveness he has shown you.
    • Commit to carrying these cars around and make the effort to think on these truths when you have the opportunity to choose otherwise
    • Repeat as often as needed.

 

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