Big questions that surround forgiveness are:
>How do you forgive those who have wronged you?
>How do you forgive yourself?
>What is the unforgiveable sin?
>How to ask God to forgive our city, nation?
“Unforgiveness is like taking poison and hoping that the other person dies.” Joyce Meyers
Forgiveness is a key component of Lord’s Prayer:
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
14For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
God is a forgiving God
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
We must forgive like God
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
>How to forgive others who have wronged or harmed you:
You cannot pray, "God help me forgive.”. God's command to forgiven means He has already given us power and tools to forgive. Pray, Lord I choose to forgive _____ for the pain they have caused. I release them into you perfect justice.
>Embrace God’s forgiveness for yourself by applying and believing 1 John 1:9.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
>The unforgiveable sin written about in Matthew 12:31-32 is NOT suicide, adultery, divorce, murder, or abortion. It is the continuous and intentional rejection of the Holy Spirit’s testimony of Jesus Christ committed by unbelievers.
>We can call on God to forgive our nation in a similar way Moses did when the nation of Israel had strayed from the LORD.
Numbers 14:19-20 Moses’ plea
19 In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.”
20 The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked.
So now what?
- Embrace God’s lavish forgiveness in your life.
- Who do I need to forgive?
- Lord, I forgive ___________ and I give up my bitterness against them. You are the perfect judge and you will work in their life. Do your healing work in my life.
- Ask - Who do I need to ask for forgiveness?