Warren spoke about Generous Kingdom (part 3). Forgiveness – the generosity of God.
God is so generous because God is for us. God is generous, God is good, God is kind.
It not what you say, but what you do is the light of the gospel.
We are to move in forgiveness. Our love for others, as Christians, is more important than the mistakes others make.
But God has shown us how much he loves us – it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us! Romans 5:8
For its is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Eph 2:8
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins. Col 2:13
God has forgiven us all. How generous is God?
Jesus was not soft on sin, but when they nailed Him to the cross He said, “Father, forgive them.”
There is nothing more important than receiving forgiveness from God.
Being a disciple is getting to know Jesus so that we can copy Him in the way to live. We need to read the bible, know how to use it so that we know how God speaks to us.
Read Matt 18:21 – 35. If you don’t forgive when you have been forgiven then you forfeit your forgiveness.
When we receive the gift of forgiveness we live by grace not law.
We are bound to forgive others because Jesus has already forgiven them.
Forgiveness is the work of Jesus, that is a precious gem that no other religion has.
How can I forgive someone?
“To err is human; to forgive divine.” Alexander Pope
When the pain of hurt is etched on our lives forgiveness is unrealistic – but Jesus said do it anyway.
This is tough, generosity that can really transform our church.
The Lord’s Prayer – “Lord forgive me as I forgive others who have sinned against me.” To forgive my sins is the same as forgiving others their sins.
3 Steps for forgiveness
- Confess my resentment and forgiveness (including judgment of the other person)
- Ask God to forgive them
- In the name of Christ forgive them
This is not about those who hurt us wanting forgiveness or being worthy of it, it is about my attitude – “I want to be like Jesus, so that I do what Jesus would do.”