Open In App

Session 11

Forgive

Read: Ephesians 5, Psalm 11

Ephesians 4:32 – 5:2 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you. Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
People hurt people. It's likely that in the past you've been wounded by a thoughtless remark, an uncaring attitude, or an action motivated by selfish ambition. Or perhaps you've been scarred by something more significant. Perhaps your spouse cheated or just left. Perhaps your best friend betrayed your confidence. Perhaps you were abused or mistreated.
Forgiving those who have wounded us deeply is difficult and necessary. Matthew 6:14 says, “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

A forgiving attitude begins with a little perspective. Look what the Bible says about Jesus:
    He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:3–6)

He suffered the most unimaginable pain: His wounds were not figurative. He was insulted, mocked, beaten to the bone, stripped, and crucified. The Son of God was handled with such recklessness. He was a King tortured like criminal, a Savior treated like a slave. And yet He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

The person who has hurt you doesn't deserve to be forgiven. But then again, none of us deserve to be forgiven. But Jesus forgave completely. We are commanded to imitate God. We must forgive completely.


1

Sent Not from Men

Sent Not from Men

Read Now
2

Crucified Life

Crucified Life

Read Now
3

You Are All One

You Are All One

Read Now
4

Sons and Daughters

Sons and Daughters

Read Now
5

Keep in Step

Keep in Step

Read Now
6

Weary

Weary

Read Now
7

For this Reason

For this Reason

Read Now
8

Making Payments

Making Payments

Read Now
9

Rooted and Established

Rooted and Established

Read Now
10

Member

Member

Read Now
11

Forgive

Forgive

Read Now
12

Stand Your Ground

Stand Your Ground

Read Now
13

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part I

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part I

Read Now
14

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part II

Simple Ways a Christian Can Navigate Through Suffering, Part II

Read Now
15

Perseverance

Perseverance

Read Now
16

Joy

Joy

Read Now
17

Potential

Potential

Read Now
18

Rooted

Rooted

Read Now
19

Make the Most

Make the Most

Read Now
20

Well-Seasoned

Well-Seasoned

Read Now
21

Packed with Purpose

Packed with Purpose

Read Now
22

He’s Returning. Live Like It!

He’s Returning. Live Like It!

Read Now
23

Love Is All You Need

Love Is All You Need

Read Now
24

Living on a Prayer

Living on a Prayer

Read Now
25

Training for Battle

Training for Battle

Read Now
26

Out of This World!

Out of This World!

Read Now
27

It’s Who You Know, Not What You Know

It’s Who You Know, Not What You Know

Read Now
28

Livin’ by the Good Book

Livin’ by the Good Book

Read Now
29

Soundness or Sickness?

Soundness or Sickness?

Read Now
30

Useless Without the Gospel

Useless Without the Gospel

Read Now

We want you to have a safe experience while using our site.

Unfortunately, there are security risks associated with your browser. To keep you protected we will be discontinuing support to this browser. Please visit http://browsehappy.com/ for a secure browser update.