By Rev Evelyn Diment.
Definition of Forgiveness-Giving up my right to hurt you because you've hurt me! Forgiveness is......The key that unlocks the door to wholeness.
Fallacy: salvation is not a magic wand - "everything will be OK from now on; I'll Just float through life with Jesus out there ahead of me, straightening all the curves, whipping all my enemies. No more problems for me”! Right? Wrong, not true!! The spirit of man is the only one that has a right to feel that way, for he has been made whole. Being a Christian is a new, wonderful experience, but we still have our flesh and past hurts that have accumulated over the years to deal with, even some spirits that have made themselves at home with us that have to do!
Bitter roots Judgments: people need to be released from my judgment to God's judgment. We really can't have a meaningful, loving walk with Jesus until we get cleaned up, sozo'd - set free, and many of us are holding ourselves prisoners through unforgiveness.
Hebrews 12:14-15; Mark 11:25-26
Bitterness comes in stages:
By this stage a root has formed.
Forgiveness is a commandment if we want God's Word to work in our lives. It is really for our benefit, not others. Unforgiveness will:
1. Rots our bones - arthritis especially
2. Opens the door to sickness
3. Keeps us from fellowship with the Father
Forgiveness does not mean the other person is right!
Pray “the Lord's Prayer” daily to forgive those who trespass against you so you may walk in right standing with God.
I John 2:9
I John 1:9
The Lord's Prayer
Peter: How many times do I forgive my brother?
If your brother sins against you - take to church if necessary.
When you stand praying forgive, so Father can forgive you.
Love enemies, pray for those who curse you.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
The son who spent his inheritance: His Father ran to meet and forgive him.
Anyone who hates his brother is in darkness.
If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.