The Peacemaking Church - Session 7 - Dec 15th notes


Legacy of Elijah Guild Leader
1. You cannot forgive in your own strength.

2. Forgiveness is neither a feeling, nor forgetting, nor excusing.

3. Sin creates a debt that must be paid.
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. (1 Pet 2:24)

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matt 6:12)

  • Will you take payments?
  • Or make payments?
4. Forgiveness is a decision modeled after God's forgiveness.
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Col 3:13)

Love...keeps no record of wrongs. (1 Cor 13:4-5)

The Four Promises of Forgiveness
"In response to God's love for me and in reliance on his grace, I forgive you. Specifically, with God's help...

  • I promise I will not dwell on this incident."
  • I promise I will not bring up this incident and use it against you."
  • I promise I will not talk to others about this incident."
  • I promise I will not allow this incident to stand between us or hinder our personal relationship."
5. God's forgiveness inspires our forgiveness.
Then the master called the servant in. "You wicked servant," he said, "I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?" (Matt 18:32-33)

Key Principle: Our forgiveness shows what we think of God's forgiveness.
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