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Teach Us To Pray | Week 4 | Forgiveness

Posted on Mar 08 at 09:19am

March 8, 2015 – Sermon Notes

Luke 11:4, Matthew 6:12

There is a direct correlation between being forgiven by God and forgiving others.
Forgiveness is difficult because we are overwhelmed by the hurt.
When we do not forgive, the more desensitized we become to its impact on us and others.

Matthew 6:14-15

Not only is there a direct correlation between being forgiven by God and forgiving others, but it is a mark of genuine faith.

Matthew 18:21-22

Peter’s Question: Forgiveness cannot be reduced to a religious formula.

Forgiving is a lot like breathing. If you try to keep track of every time you do it, you’ll go crazy. Forgiving will have to be a way of life. – John Ortberg, Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them.

Genesis 4:24

Jesus’ response: Forgiveness is radically limitless because of God’s grace.

Matthew 18:23-27

Forgiveness frees me from a debt I owe and can’t pay.

Matthew 18:28-35

Forgiveness frees others from our captivity while it frees us from our hurt.

What forgiveness is NOT – John Ortberg

1. It is not excusing.

2. It is not forgetting.

3. It is not reconciling.


1. Engage others at the right time and with the right spirit.
2. See them in need of God’s grace just as you are in need of God’s grace. 3. Extend the same “patience” to them as God has extended to you.
3. Release them from your grip to God’s hands. Trust that God will take care of injustice, your reputation, the fallout.