Teach Us To Pray | Week 4 | Forgiveness
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.
Not only is there a direct correlation between being forgiven by God and forgiving others, but it is a mark of genuine faith.
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.
Jesus’ response: Forgiveness is radically limitless because of God’s grace.
Forgiveness frees me from a debt I owe and can’t pay.
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.