Forgiveness Study Notes/Message

The Power of Forgiveness-

By DeAnna Thieme-  Serving with Significance Ministries

Forgive, Forgave, Forgiveness- To send forth, send away, to remit; to bestow a favor unconditionally; to let loose from; to release.

The word “Forgive” in greek= to leave behind, literally, abandon.

Forgiveness should be tangible to us.  We should feel an inner manifest difference when we have forgiven someone; as if we had something within our hearts and now have left it behind.

Epheisans 4:32 – “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”                                                                                                                                                         Colossians 3:13-“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”        

  Read: Mark 18:21-35    - Forgiveness with the mouth is nothing; forgiveness with the heart is everything   We must acknowledge the fact that we all need forgiveness.  We are flesh and therefore are corruptible.  When we don’t forgive others, there is a steep price to pay.

The Holy Ghost described “unforgiveness”  as  a “patient thief”

John 10:10 Jesus speaks saying: ”The enemy comes to steal kill and destroy…”

Hebrews 12:15 “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to defile many”-      Unforgiveness is the seed of that bitter root-  the impact on many is disastrous.

#1- Heart-Open doors- (anger, rage, jealousy, envy, rejection etc)-  when this seed of unforgiveness is fed by recalling the offense, the enemy will seize the opportunity.  If we lack self control and/or live by the flesh, something like anger becomes action.  Jealousy becomes contemplation of revenge

 #2-Restrains God from working on the offender- We punish people in our hearts and minds instead of releasing them to the Lord.   Romans 12:18-19 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay’ says the Lord.”                  

#3-Opposes or robs our receiving forgiveness- Forgiving others is designed by Christ Jesus in the Lord’s prayer.  Everything He tells us to do, we must obey.  1John 5:3 “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.”

#4- Hinders God’s Performance- I can never experience the Lord removing pain from my heart if I don’t forgive that person and ask God to remove that pain.  I wouldn’t be able to tell you that that was possible unless I have tangibly felt him do this in a heartbreaking situation. I would deny myself opportunity to see another facet of God.

#5-Prohibits Our Power in Prayer-James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for eachother so that you may be healed. The prayer of  a righteous man is powerful and effective”  Confession of sin, which unforgiveness is a sin, leads to healing (answered prayer) Hebrews 4:16” Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”-  Jesus Christ afforded us the privilege through His shed blood and finished work on the cross to approach the throne of grace with confidence.  If we have unforgiveness in our hearts or harbor anything against our brother, how can we have this confidence that should come through reverence for a holy God?

2Peter 1:3-9-  Read all-  What does the Word suggest when you’re heart and flesh say:   But I have been so wronged!!                        

Joseph-  story begins Genesis 37-50

He was his father’s favorite and hated by his brothers for it.  Add to that he was given a special coat and then dreams from the Lord in which he boasted with them about.  Their hatred for him led to thoughts of death. (Jealousy is a violent root to murder- murder with tongues or fists)

1.       Betrayed and deserted by his family

2.        Falsely accused after refusing temptation and then wrongly imprisoned

3.        Forgotten in prison by those he helped

He finds favor by God’s grace and loving hand- he is now 2nd in command under Pharoah of all Egypt-   Pastor Darren:  “The miracle of Josephs story isn’t how he made it to the palace but how he dwelt in the prison”.    

Genesis 45:4-5 “Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘come close to me’ When they had done so he said, ‘ I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold in Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you”      Talk about forgiveness! He abandoned, he released some time ago those things in his heart against them.

Genesis 47:12- “Joseph also provided his father and his brothers and all his fathers’ household with food according to the number of their children.”  Joseph ended up moving his entire family and their flocks to live with him in Egypt. He clothed them, fed them and even got them jobs amongst the famine.         

Genesis 50:15-21- His brothers couldn’t comprehend in their hearts that Joseph could really forgive them as if he was putting on a show for his father!  He demonstrated with every act of kindness, even expressed it in words and still their own lack of this divine love, this divine forgiveness, something they hadn’t come to their own maturity with, was foreign to them.  How sad for Joseph! No wonder he wept.  Yet again, in his reliance and right relationship with the Lord, he forgave them again!

This is God’s desire- to forgive like Joseph.  There is no mystery why the Spirit of the Lord put this story in Genesis, the first book of the bible-  It was to set a precedent for this divine forgiveness through  extraordinary circumstances.  It is a story to encourage us in our journey from faith to faith-glory to glory.                                                                                                                         

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