Sermon Notes January 08, 2023

Forgiving  
  “Sins of the Father” 

Exodus 34:7, “…Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”

1. When someone hurts you, you don’t think they                         _______________________________ forgiveness.

2. One of the things I’ve learned is that it’s fair to be                             ______________ about things that have happened to you, things you were subject to, things you were deprived of.

                                    How to Forgive

A. Restore the attitude of ______________. Remember, they _________________ to God.

1John 4:20-21, “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”

B.  Release the ___________________________.                   

 Proverbs 19:11, “A person’s wisdom yields patience;
it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”

C. Reconstruct the ______________________________.

Luke 17:3-4, So watch yourselves. ‘If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.  Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying “I repent,” you must forgive them.’”

 

2 Timothy 3:3-5, “…without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”

D. Reopen the  ___________________________.

E. Reaffirm the ___________________________.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

3. Jesus taught that forgiveness is a ________________.

Matthew 18:21-22, “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’  Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’”