Forgiving Like Jesus Forgave (6 of 6) by Frank Damazio
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Series: The Apprentice
We are followers of Christ and we have a master to teach us and show us how to live. Jesus died on the cross to forgive your sins. ''For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins'' (Matthew 26:28). Forgiveness is the pattern of Jesus. Forgiveness is the practice of Jesus followers. You have received forgiveness and you now must give forgiveness.''
BACKGROUND TO THE MASTER AND FORGIVENESS
DEFINITION AND KEY SCRIPTURES
The apprentice is one who has committed to Jesus the Master and to a lifetime of learning from Him in order to become like the Master in heart, character, and lifestyle.
Luke 6:37: Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
An unforgiving spirit in a person refuses to live like Jesus, allowing hurts, offenses, and life itself to harden the spirit and keep it from forgiving others or even forgiving the self.
Luke 7:47: He who has been forgiven much loves much. He who is forgiven little shows little love.
Luke 17:4-5: ''And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, 'I repent,' you shall forgive him.'' And the apostles said to the Lord, ''Increase our faith.''
IDENTIFYING AN UNFORGIVING SPIRIT
CIRCUMSTANCES THAT HURT
Disappointments: the inevitable outcome of not getting something you want or were looking forward to or expecting. Some disappointments are minor and others are major.
Disappointed in not getting the job promotion you felt you deserved. You were passed over by the younger, the older, the person of a different race.
Disappointed in your marriage, your husband, you as a wife. It's not the dream you had.
Rejection: rejection hurts deeply. It severs a tie that is meaningful to us and that hurts. Rejection creates the loss of love a ...
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