Clean Slate/Week 1– 02/11/2018

Forgiveness is essential.  Why do most of us struggle with forgiveness?

  1. Most of us don’t truly understand forgiveness.

  2. We think it minimizes the seriousness of the offense.

  3. Forgiveness isn’t always reconciliation.  (Matt 18:15) Forgiveness is between you and God.

  4. Forgiveness does not mean forgetting.  Forgiveness has nothing to with feelings.

Jesus modeled forgiveness better than anyone.  (Luke 23:33-34, Luke 17:3-4)

Once you forgive someone:

  1. You need to pray for them.  (Matt 5:43-44)

  2. You need to bless them.  Blessing them means to speak well of them.  (Luke 6:27, Romans 12:14)  Tearing people down does not make you better.

  3. Do good to them.  (Romans 12:21)

The Forgiven Forgive!!!

 

Clean Slate/Week 2– 02/18/2018

Most people, when asked who is the hardest person to forgive will answer “Me.”  What do most people do with their past?

  1. They bury it.  (Proverbs 28:13)

  2. They beat themselves up.  (Psalm 38:4-8)

  3. They blame others.  (Genesis 3:13b)

This is what we should do instead: We should believe what God said!  (2 Cor. 5:17; Romans 8:1; 1 Timothy 1:13-15)  So, how do we get past our past?

  1. Stop trying to earn forgiveness! (Ephesians 2:8-9)

  2. You need to defeat every lie with the truth!  (John 8:44b)

  3. Allow Jesus to turn it around for good!  (Romans 8:28, Philippians 3:13-14)

God delights in showing you mercy!