Freedom Through Forgiveness (Part Two)

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,  as we forgive them that trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Today, I'm going to talk about one of the most challenging and difficult experiences for us all, forgiving others.

First, let me say there are several mistaken ideas about forgiveness.

1. Time heals all wounds.

2. I must deny hurt when I forgive another person.

3. True forgiveness means I must confess it to the other person.

  • We should ask for forgiveness when:

A. The other person is aware they've been wronged.

B. God speaks to you and tells you to go talk to the person.

4. Forgiveness and trust are the same things.


 

Hindrances to Forgiveness

  • Holding a grudge
  • Self-pity
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Pride
  • Revenge
  • A judgmental spirit
  • An unwillingness to move on
  • Insecurity
  • Excuses

  • The "How to" of Forgiveness

  • Remember what God has done for you.
  • Realize that forgiveness is a choice, not an emotion.
  • Understand the consequences of an unforgiving heart.
  • Forgive that person right now.
  • View others as a tool for growth.