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Forgiveness is a choice. Matthew 5: 7 (NIVUK). “ Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy ” “You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full‘, you find yourselves cared for” The Message. Apathy.

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Forgiveness is a choice

Forgiveness is a choice


Matthew 5 7 nivuk

Matthew 5: 7 (NIVUK)

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”

“You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full‘, you find yourselves cared for”

The Message


Apathy

Apathy

“My generation's apathy. I'm disgusted with it. I'm disgusted with my own apathy too, for being spineless and not always standing up against racism, sexism and all those other -isms the counterculture has been whining about for years.”

Kurt Cobain lead singer Nirvana (1967-1994)


Apathy1

Apathy

  • Apathy

    • Less than 45% vote in Local Elections

    • Less than 75% vote in General Elections

    • Little concern for other areas, e.g. environment, morality

  • We don’t deal with hurts/broken relationships

    • We hurt others

    • We moan, criticise, gossip

    • We harbour grudges and justify ourselves

    • We build walls of protection

    • Scars and open wounds

    • Am I bovered?


Forgiveness our choice

Forgiveness – our choice

Only 2 people who can forgive us for the wrongs we have done

  • The person we have wronged

  • God


Forgiveness is a process

Forgiveness is a process

The power to affect our:

  • Thinking (Memory)

  • Emotions (Feelings)

  • Will (Choices)

  • Actions (Behaviour)


Forgiveness means

Forgiveness means

  • Choosing not to hold an offence

  • To let go and send away

  • To be released and become a releaser


What jesus said

What Jesus said

“Forgive us our sins as we forgive others” Matthew 6:12


What jesus said1

What Jesus said

“Forgive us our sins as we forgive others” Matthew 6:12

As means “in the same way”

“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”

Matthew 6:14-15 (NIVUK)


What jesus said2

What Jesus said

If someone has something against us we need to be reconciled to them:

“Leave you gift at the altar and be reconciled with anyone who has something against you” Matthew 5: 23-25

If we have something against someone else:

“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins” Mark 11:25


The challenge

The Challenge

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”

“For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than offerings” Hosea 6:6 (TNIV)


The challenge1

The Challenge

Releasing others and ourselves

  • Speak to God about the person/situation concerned

  • Pray for the person/situation


1peter 3 9 nivuk

1Peter 3:9 (NIVUK)

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing”


1peter 3 9 nivuk1

1Peter 3:9 (NIVUK)

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing”


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