Sunday, October 09, 2011

#7 - My Forgiveness

My Forgiveness
A resolution to release others from the prison of my hurt and anger

~ Internal Injuries ~
Friday, October 7, 2011

"Examine Yourselves"
But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
~ 1 Corinthians 11:28

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?
~ 2 Corinthians 13:5

"root of bitterness"
See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;
~ Hebrews 12:15

Questions to Ask Yourself:
~ If you don't feel like forgiveness is something you have an issue with, list some practical ways you can continue to see to it "that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble" (Hebrews 12:15).

~ Are you more prone to care for others than to examine and tend to your own spiritual needs?  If so, how does this manifest itself in your life?

~ Prayerfully consider: Who, if anyone, are the people you harbor unforgiveness toward?  How have you seen this affect your life?

~ Grab your Bible and choose one passage to read and study on forgiveness:
- Mark 11:25-26 - making reconciled relationships a regular part of our praying.
Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. [But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”]

- Matthew 6:14-15 - how our forgiveness of others relates to God's forgiveness of us.
For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

- Hebrews 12:14 - the blessing that flows from pursuing peace with everyone.
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.

~ On bitterness:
- Ephesians 4:31 - the only good thing to do with it is to get rid of it.
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

- Hebrews 12:15 - what bitterness can do if it's not pulled up by the roots.
See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;

- Proverbs 14:10 - all we can ever expect from hanging on to it.
The heart knows its own bitterness,
And a stranger does not share its joy.

 ~ All Clear ~
Saturday, October 8, 2011

No one has the responsibility or even capability to forgive themselves:
- The capacity to forgive yourself is personally impossible.
- The Bible doesn't tell us to forgive ourselves.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
~ Romans 3:23-26

Bottom Line: Forgiveness of your sins is something that Christ suffered a terrifying death to give you.

Judah and all its cities will dwell together in it, the farmer and they who go about with flocks.
~ Jeremiah 31:24

Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
~ John 19:30

For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
~ 2 Corinthians 7:10

Questions to Ask Yourself:
~ Describe in your own words the differences and connections between forgiving yourself and receiving God's forgiveness.

~ Choose one past action that you've held against yourself, and then prayerfully consider the Lord's payment for this sin.  Choose to receive it for yourself.

~ No more Circles ~
Sunday, October 9, 2011

Forgiveness is reached through a combination of several actions:
- First, refuse to store up and harbor a grudge.
When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
~ Colossians 2:13-14

- Second, you must leave room for God to act on your behalf.
Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”
~ Luke 17:3-4

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.
~ Romans 12:19

- Finally, you must pray.
See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;
~ Hebrews 12:15

bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
~ Colossians 3:13

Questions to Ask Yourself:
~ Circle the step that's most difficult for you in forgiving someone else, and then consider why that's the case:
- refusing to store up and harbor a grudge
- leaving room for God to act on your behalf
- praying, asking the Lord to give you a desire to forgive

~ Think of the names you wrote at the first of this section - people you are holding grudges against.  Ask the Lord to empower you to forgive them.  Then replace the underlined phrase with each person's name, "forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ" (Ephesians 4:32).

~ To be fair and complete, is there anyone you need to request forgiveness from?  As the Scripture says, "If you are offering your gift on the alter, and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the alter.  First go and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift"  (Matthew 5:23-24) ... even your gift of forgiveness.

As you move forward to sign this resolution, remember that this should only be the beginning - the initiation of a journey that may take time and counsel to complete.  Be willing to seek the necessary help to fully experience the benefits that forgiveness is designed to give.

My Forgiveness
I will forgive those who have wronged me and reconcile with those I have wronged.

Note From Myself:
Reading these three sections of knowing that God can only forgive me and others when I can't forgive myself, not to keep bitterness of those who have done wrong towards me even if they do not realize it, and that to reconciled with those I have done wrong with.  This will take time and with my elders and older women of my church can help me through with different ways of forgiveness.  I will always be willing to seek the necessary help to fully experience the benefits of forgiveness of more than I know now.  At this moment I do not feel or know of any unforgiveness I am harboring towards anyone.

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