Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Forgiveness

This Sunday I am speaking on the subject of forgiveness. There are many, many texts on this, including the "Lord's Prayer" from Matthew 6:9f.

This, then, is how you should pray:
”‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.


14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Here are some additional passages on forgiveness:

25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins" (Mk. 11:25).
“If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. 4 If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him" (Lk. 17:3-4).
34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk. 23:34).
10 If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake (2 cor. 2:10).
13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (Col. 3:13).
What are your thoughts on forgiveness? What do these verses and others tell you? What makes forgiveness so difficult?

2 comments:

Sascha said...

This is a text that has penetrated my heart in a very deep and special way. I think that many people forgive on the surface. However, even when a hurt is deep and painful, the Lord can give us the strength (and convict us) to forgive on a level that is so deep we didn't know we could reach it.

May the Lord bless you as you prepare to deliver His convicting word!

James Nored said...

Thanks, Sascha. The first lesson seemed to hit home. I am doing several lessons now on different aspects of forgiveness.