Offering Forgiveness

August 28, 2021   /   Brian T. Anderson   /   Vineyard Church North Phoenix

Keys to a Successful Life
Offering Forgiveness

I. Introduction

A. You hurt in life!

II. Why Should I Forgive?

A. Because has forgiven

1. Ephesians 4:32 (NAS) Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

2. You’ll never have to forgive anybody than God has already forgiven !

B. Because doesn’t work

1. Job 5:2a (NLT) Surely resentment destroys the fool.

2. Resentment never the other person! It only hurts .

C. Because forgiveness is something will need in the

1. Matthew 6:14-15 (NAS) 14“For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”

2. “For your you need to learn to let it go!”

3. When you hold onto a hurt, you’re still allowing somebody in the to continue to hurt you .

III. What Forgiveness Is Not

A. Forgiveness is not minimizing the of the offense.

B. Forgiveness is not the instant restoration of .

1. Forgiveness means I’m going to let go of the hurt, but have to do some things in order to rebuild the !

C. Forgiveness is not resuming the without any .

1. Forgiveness is not the same as .

IV. How Should I Forgive?

A. Recognize we are all

1. Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NLT) There is not a single person in all the earth who is always good and never sins.

B. Give up my “right” to

1. Romans 12:19 (NAS) Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.

2. Matthew 18:21-22 (NAS) 21Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

C. Respond to the “evil” (offense) with

1. Luke 6:27-28 (NAS) 27“But I say to you, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

D. focusing on the

1. God’s for my life is greater than any , or any pain, that I’m experiencing.

2. We become whatever we on.

3. Job 11:13-15 (NAS) 13“If you would direct your heart right and spread out your hand to Him, 14if iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and do not let wickedness dwell in your tents; 15then, indeed, you could lift up your face without moral defect, and you would be steadfast and not fear.”

4. Three things to do to overcome hurt:

a. Put your right

b. Reach out to

c. the again

5. Job 11:16a (NAS) “You would forget your trouble, as waters that have passed by.”

V. Conclusion


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