FORGIVE TO BE FORGIVEN

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Sunday Morning: February 22, 2004

Text: 1 John 1:7-10 "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive [send from] us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."

ALMOST ALL THINGS

Hebrews 9:22 "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission [deliverance, forgiveness, liberty, remission]."

BEAR HIS SIN

Leviticus 24:15 "And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Whosoever curseth his God shall bear his sin."

WILLFUL DISOBEDIENCE

Numbers 9:13 "But the man that is clean, and is not in a journey, and forbeareth (refuse) to keep the passover, even the same (lawless) soul shall be cut off from among his people: because he brought not the offering of the LORD in his appointed season, that man shall bear his sin."

LAWLESSNESS

Hebrews 10:26-28 "For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge [knowledge upon knowledge] of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:"

 

THE LAWLESS BEAR THEIR SIN

Luke 13:27-28 "But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity [lawlessness]. 28. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out."

DANIEL CONFESSED

Daniel 9:3-6 "And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: 4. And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; 5. We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: 6. Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land."

TAKE COURAGE

Psalms 103:9-12 "He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us."

READY TO FORGIVE

Psalms 86:5 "For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee."

FORGIVE DEBTS

Matthew 6:12 "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

OUR FATHER WILL ALSO FORGIVE

Matthew 6:14-15 "For if ye forgive [send + from] men their trespasses (debts), your heavenly Father will also forgive [send + from] you: 15. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses (debts), neither will your Father forgive your trespasses (debts)."

UN-FORGIVEN TRESPASSES

Mark 11:25-26 "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses (debts). 26. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses (debts)."

REGARD INIQUITY?

Psalms 66:18 "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:"

CONFIDENCE TOWARD GOD

1 John 3:21-22 "Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight."

FORGIVE YOUR BROTHER

Luke 17:3-4 "Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him."

FORGIVE HOW MANY TIMES?

Matthew 18:21-22 "Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22. Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven."

 

 

UN-FORGIVEN DEBT

Matthew 18:23-35 "Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

HE COULD NOT PAY

25. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

THE LORD HAD COMPASSION

27. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

THE SAME SERVANT

28. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29. And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

THAT SERVANT REPORTED

31. So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

DEBT REINSTATED

32. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33. Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?

 

 

CONSEQUENCES

34. And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."

FORBEARING AND FORGIVING

Colossians 3:12-13 "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13. Forbearing (put up with) one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."