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The Blessed Life of Forgiveness (1 of 5)
Series: The Blessed Life of Forgiveness
Pastor Frank Damazio
Removing an unforgiving spirit
Releasing your past hurts
Renewing your heart
Introduction: How often is forgiveness talked about in the Bible? The words forgive, forgiven, forgiving, forgave and forgiveness are used 124 times in the Bible: forgive 54 times, forgiven 44 times, forgiving 4 times, forgave 8 times and forgiveness 14 times. Forgiveness is a familiar word, a word that means something different to every person. To one, forgiveness brings up a wonderful experience of reconciling with a friend, forgiving an old offense or hurt. To another person forgiveness brings up pain, bad memories, why me, why should I be the forgiving person when I was the injured person. Our stomachs churn, pulses quicken and palms sweat as resentment rumbles to the surface. We have heard the words, "Forgive and forget," "let bygones be bygones," "turn the other cheek," "kiss and make up," "to err is human, to forgive is divine." What about forgiveness? How important is this great virtue? We know forgiveness is good, right, honorable, the morally correct thing to do. So why is it so difficult? Receiving forgiveness and freely dispensing forgiveness sounds easy enough. Forgiving myself, forgiving people who have hurt me, forgiving the invisible people (I'm angry, but at whom?). First, the foundation. God has already forgiven you. Forgiveness is already part of your life. Now you must choose what you will do with this gift.
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.
I. THE FORGIVEN BECOMES THE FORGIVER
The one who accepts forgiveness adopts an attitude toward himself that transforms his or her attitude toward others. The person who accepts forgiveness becomes forgiven.
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