Have I Forgiven?

Sunday Evening Service

Jun 01

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If you can sincerely pray "Father, set them free" for those who have hurt you, then you've truly forgiven them.

What Total Forgiveness Is Not

  • Approval of what they did
  • Excusing what they did
  • Justifying what they did
  • Pardoning what they did
  • Reconciliation
  • Denying what they did
  • Blindness to what happened
  • Forgetting
  • Refusing to take wrong seriously
  • Pretending we are not hurt

What Total Forgiveness Is

  • Being aware of what someone did and still forgiving
  • Choosing to keep no record of wrongs
  • Refusing to punish - 1 John 4:18
  • Not telling what they did
  • Be merciful
  • Be gracious
  • It's an inner condition
  • It's the absence of bitterness
  • Forgiving God
  • Forgiving ourselves

How Do I Know I Have Forgiven?

  • Genesis 37:6-8; 42-43; 45:1-4
  • Keep it to yourself
  • Don't let people be afraid to approach you - Genesis 45:4
  • Will will want them to forgive themselves and not feel guilty
  • We will let them save face, preserving their dignity and their esteem
  • We will protect them from their greatest fear
  • Forgiveness is a lifetime commitment
  • You will pray for them to be blessed
  • Matthew 5:44
  • Acts 7:60

Scripture Verses

Ephesians 4:31-32