Leave The Junk Behind And Take The Next Step In Your Life
Matthew 18:21-22 NLT
Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” (22) “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!
Matthew 18:23-26 NLT
“Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. (24) In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. (25) He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt. (26) “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’
Matthew 18:27 NLT
Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.
Forgiveness Is Not About Feelings, It’s A Decision
Colossians 3:13 NLT
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Why Is It Important To Forgive?
2 Corinthians 2:11 NLT
so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.
Matthew 18:28-35 NLT
“But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment. (29) “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. (30) But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full. (31) “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. (32) Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. (33) Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ (34) Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. (35) “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”
How Do We Forgive?
1. First, Know That You Have Been Forgiven
Daniel 9:9 NLT
But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.
Isaiah 43:25 NLT
“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.
2. Let God Know And Let It Go From Your Hands
Psalm 139:23 NLT
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
3. Commit To Cleaning Your Heart Daily
Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT
And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, (27) for anger gives a foothold to the devil.