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What Forgiveness Really Means to Me (3 of 5)
Series: The Blessed Life of Forgiveness
Pastor Frank Damazio
Session #1: The forgiven, seven steps to becoming a new creation; receiving God's forgiveness
Session #2: What forgiveness means to me; defined forgiveness; forgiveness is…
INTRODUCTION: The forgiven must become the forgiver. The receiver must become the releaser. We have established the absoluteness of God's forgiveness toward all who ask God for forgiveness. The forgiven person can now dispense freely the forgiveness needed for any situation and to any person. Forgiveness is now possible.
Video testionies: The forgiven: Tim Barron; The Forgiver: Mike Thomas
I. WHAT FORGIVENESS REALLY MEANS TO ME AND FOR ME
A. Forgiveness is a gift from God.
I can't work up enough goodness to receive it. It's free. It's already paid for by Christ. I receive by faith.
John 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water."
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
B. Forgiveness is a personal, internal process that happens within me.
It is the feeling of wellness, freedom and acceptance. I start new.
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
C. Forgiveness allows me to become a forgiver.
Mt 18:21-22 Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Illustration: letters I've written but never sent. Five years in my desk, letters written but secretary stops, "Doesn't sound like you."
I put my ...
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