Forgiveness

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Because we have received the blessing of forgiveness, through the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross, now it is now our turn to "pay it forward" and forgive others. But that is easier said than done and time does not heal all wounds. We must make a conscious effort to do this, and here are the key steps.

1. STEP ONE: Realize that we have received undeserved forgiveness.
Read Ephesians 2:8-9.
  a) Upon what basis have we been saved and forgiven?
   
  b) Upon what basis have we NOT been saved and forgiven?
   

2. STEP TWO: Understand that critical to receiving His forgiveness is our willingness to forgive others. Read Mark 11:25-26.
  a) In verse 25, what did Jesus encourage us to do when we are praying?
   
  b) What is the consequence of unforgiveness? (vs. 26)
   
  c) According to Psalms 66:18, what happens to our prayers when we harbor sin (unforgiveness) in our lives? 
   

3. STEP THREE: Reconcile with anyone who has offended you, in person if possible - but definitely in your heart.
  a) If we do this, what did the Lord promise in Matthew 5:7?
   
  b) What will be the physical results of unforgiveness? (Proverbs 11:17)
   
  c) What sort of things did the Apostle Paul tell us to put away? (Ephesians 4:31)
   
  d) What sort of things should we be doing instead? (Ephesians 4:32)
   

4. STEP FOUR: Develop a lifestyle of forgiveness. Read Matthew 18:21-22.
  a) How many times did Peter suggest that a brother should be forgiven?  (vs. 21)
   
  b) How many times did Jesus say we should forgive our brother? (vs. 22)
   

5. THOUGHT QUESTION: Name a person from the Old Testament and the New Testament who forgave in a difficult situation, and the circumstances in which forgiveness was given.
  a) Old Testament:
   
   
  b) New Testament:
   
   
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