What do the following verses have to tell us about how we should forgive?
a)According to Matthew 18;21-22 how many times should we forgive someone? Seventy times seven
b)According to Luke 17;3-4 what should we do if someone sins? Forgive him
What should we do if he continues to sin but comes back and repents and asks for forgiveness? Keep forgiving him
c) According to Colossians 3;13 how should we forgive each other? The way Jesus do
d) According to Colossians 2;13 what is the condition of someone when Jesus forgives them of their sins and makes them alive in him? Alive and forgiven
e) According to Ephesians 4;32 what should be our attitude toward one another as we forgive them? Kind and tender
f) According to Luke 23;34 what did Jesus ask of the Father in heaven for the people that had nailed him on the cross and were putting him to death? ''Father forgive them''
What did Jesus say about what these people were doing? ''They know not what they do''
Would you be able to forgive someone who was doing something horrible to you the way Jesus forgave? It would be hard, but i think so. I have forgiven someone many years ago for a terrible thing, so ja, i think so.
Read the parrable of the ''unmercyful servent'' in Matthew 18;21-35. According to Matthew 18;35 what would be the fate of those who act like the unmercyful servent? They would not be forgiven
Do you hold any unforgiveness toward anyone? As far as i can remember, no.
What will be your fate if you fail to forgive? I will not be forgiven
Notice that when we refuse to forgive, unforgiveness is bound to us and our sins are not forgiven. Who suffers when we refuse to forgive? We suffer.
Look at the following verses and see what happens when we choose to forgive.
a) According to Matthew 6;14-15 what happens to our sins when we choose to forgive others of the sins they have committed against us? We are forgiven of our sins
And what happens if we choose not to forgive the sins of others that they have been committed against us? We will not be forgiven
Luke 7;36-50 is an acount of a sinful woman who came to Jesus and showed how much she loved him by pouring her expensive perfume on him and kissed his feet. Jesus forgave her of her sins because she was repentant. According to Luke 7;47 what is the result of someone who has been forgiven for much? They will love much
Most people don't know how much they have to be forgiven for. Can you list some things for which you need forgiveness? Selfishness, anger, hate, forgetfulness and some other things aswell.
Make a list of people you have not forgiven and the things thay have done to you. When the list is complete choose whether you will forgive these offenses against you or if you will hang on to them. What happens to you if you hang on to this unforgiveness? I don't have a list, i used to have one and i chose to forgive them. Because every time i think of them, it pains me and you can't go on if you have it. It's like barrier and stops you from loving.
What happens if you choose to forgive? It takes the pain away and makes you happy again.
I did not know that forgiveness is such hard work, but it's definitely worth it!