THE WORD

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”Ephesians 1:7

See God’s heart.

  • Hebrews 10:17 “I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds.”
  • Psalms 103:12 “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”

Know it for yourself.

  • 1 John 1:9 “ But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
  • Colossians 3:13 “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”

Live it out.

  • Matthew 6:14-15 “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your father will not forgive your sins.”
  • Luke 17:4 “Event if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”

**All scriptures are in NLT

 

PRINCIPLE TEACHING

Knowing they are forgiven

Empowering others to forgive

Over 2000 years ago, Jesus hung on a bloody cross. He looked into the future and saw you. But He also saw the ones that put Him on the cross, the ones that hung next to Him, and He had a deep cry in His heart “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do (Luke 23:34).”

Forgiveness rewrites your history. It reinstates the compassionate heart of God for you. In the book of Acts (chapters 6&7), there was a man named Steven. in the midst of his persecution for being a Christian, he had the same cry and plea that was in Jesus’ heart. As the heavens split and He saw Jesus, forgiveness came out of his heart. And he cried out the same thing that Jesus said as he was being stoned to death. His very last breath was “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” Steven exercised a heart of forgiveness. It was Saul that had plotted to have Steven killed. The very person that killed Steven, was the very person that God encountered and used to write 1 third of the New Testament (find more about the life of Saul, then Paul read Acts Chapters 8-28).

Forgiveness is a gift that changes the human heart. When one has received forgiveness, it’s natural for them to forgive, for it’s the evidence of God’s love living inside of them.

Forgiveness is different from trust. If you’ve been hurt over and over again by a person, you have to forgive them because they don’t know what they might be doing. But you do not have to trust them. Trust is something that is earned. But forgiveness is something that is given because it’s been given to you. Forgiveness is not an option; it is a commandment and a byproduct of abiding in God’s love.   

 

ACTIVATION

See God’s heart.

In your own words, what is God saying about forgiveness through these scriptures?

Who in your life, is God highlighting to you, that you need to forgive?

Know it for yourself.

How is forgiveness rewriting your history? (E.g. I used to be bitter and angry towards my family but now that I know I am forgiven, it enables me to forgive them and feel compassion for them.)

Live it out.

Invite in areas of your heart that are still hurting even though you have done the right thing by forgiving.

Forgiveness happens when we process the pain of an offense. Here’s a prayer you can say, to walk out forgiveness:

“God, the way [name of person] treated me really hurt me and made me feel unvalued. Yet, I choose to forgive and release [name of person], and I pray that they would experience your love like I have experienced it. Come and heal my heart of this pain and rewrite my destiny.”