Forgiveness From Your Heart by Johnny Hunt

FORGIVENESS FROM YOUR HEART

Matt. 18:21-35
Feb. 12, 1995

INTRODUCTION: Forgiveness is the act of setting someone free
from an obligation to you that is a result of a wrong done
against you. All of us at one time or another have been
forgiven or received forgiveness. However, there is a
temptation to bear injury in your life and as a result hold a
grudge, allow bitterness to set in, and to become unforgiving.

ATTITUDE: Just "can't stand" to be around certain people.

Unforgiveness is a bondage that stifles our ability to love and
accept those that we know in our hearts most deserve our love.
It is a bondage that chokes out the abundant life Christ
promised to those who would believe.

If God forgave me for everything I've ever done, what right have
I not to forgive you? To understand what God did for us and
then to refuse to forgive those who have wronged us is to be
like the wicked, ungrateful slave.

EXAMPLES OF BIBLICAL TEACHING
CONCERNING FORGIVENESS

Matt. 6:9-15, "After this manner, therefore, pray ye: Our
Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom
come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us
this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we
forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, forever. Amen. For if ye forgive men their
trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if
ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father
forgive your trespasses."

Mark 11:25-26, "And when ye stand ...


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