Freedom through Forgiveness (Sermon One: Forgiving Yourself)

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in 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.

Study Passages:
Matthew 26:69-75
Mark 14:27-30
Acts 7:54-58, 8:1-3

Forgiveness is Complete When
1. We have experienced the forgiveness of God.
2. We can forgive others who have wronged us.
3. We are able to forgive ourselves.

“If you and I receive forgiveness from God, it is an act of grace-unmerited favor. Forgiveness from others is charity.”

A “To Remember Truth”: There is a major difference in being forgiven and feeling forgiven.

Why Can't We Accept Forgiveness?
1. Performance based mentality
2. Disappointment in self
3. Adjusted and surrendered to a guilt-ridden life
4. Expectation that we are going to keep repeating that sin
5. Continual reminder of other people

What Are the Consequences if We Don't Forgive Ourselves?
1. Self-punishment
2. Uncertainty
3. Sense of unworthiness
4. Excessive behavior
5. Self-deprivation

How Can We Forgive Ourselves?
1. Recognize the problem.
2. Repent of the sin.
3. Reaffirm your trust in God’s Word.
4. Choose freedom and forgive yourself.

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 NLT
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.”