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  1. 1. How easy/difficult is it for me to forgive someone when they‟ve hurt me or someone I care about? WHY? QUESTION OF THE DAY 1 105 Somewhat Difficult Very Easy Nearly Impossible
  2. 2. Then Peter came to Jesus & asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.” MATTHEW 18:21-35
  3. 3. “As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he & his wife & his children & all that he had be sold to repay the debt. At this the servant fell on his knees before him. „Be patient with me,‟ he begged, „& I will pay back everything.‟ MATTHEW 18:21-35
  4. 4. “The servant‟s master took pity on him, canceled the debt & let him go. But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him & began to choke him. „Pay back what you owe me!‟ he demanded. His fellow servant fell to his knees & begged him, „Be patient with me, & I will pay it back.‟ MATTHEW 18:21-35
  5. 5. But he refused. Instead, he went off & had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged & went & told their master everything that had happened. Then the master called the servant in. „You wicked servant,‟ he said, „I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to.‟ MATTHEW 18:21-35
  6. 6. Shouldn‟t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?‟ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how My heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” MATTHEW 18:21-35
  7. 7. - Don‟t want the offending party to think what they did was OK - The offense feels too BIG - Don‟t want to give up sense of control - The offending party won‟t acknowledge they hurt me… WHY WE CHOOSE NOT TO FORGIVE
  8. 8. THE TRUE COST OF UNFORGIVENESS 1. Shuts down love 2. Causes physical/emotional stress,& leads to poor health 3. Puts you at odds w/God & separates you from His heart/presence 4. Impacts ALL OTHER relationships, whether you want it to or not…
  9. 9. 1. Restores our connection w/God 2. We are commanded to 3. Leads to better health/relationships 4. It models the heart of the Kingdom 5. It frees me/my heart to love WHY WE SHOULD CHOOSE TO FORGIVE
  10. 10. 1. Recognize your own desperate need for forgiveness before God 2. Seek His forgiveness & help 3. Choose to release the one who hurt you despite your feelings 4. Choose it again & again & … HOW TO START THE PROCESS…
  11. 11. Read & mediate on Matthew 18:21-35 every day this week… SOUL TRAINING OPTION #1 Choose to pray for your “enemies” every day this week… SOUL TRAINING OPTION #2