Forgiveness 101 Series: The Parables of Jesus – Stories of the Kingdom

He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

When you don’t forgive it has a negative effect on you spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”

22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! Matt 18:21-22

Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ 34 Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.

35 “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.” Matt 18:32-35

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.  Eph 4:31

God forgives and forgets.  It takes faith for us to forgive and to forgive again because we don’t forget.

He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. Ps 103:1

Forgiving does not remove possible consequences.

Forgiving does not mean you have to trust.

Only simpletons believe everything they’re told!

The prudent carefully consider their steps. Pro 14:15

Forgiving is letting go of the past.

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Eph 4:32

Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. Pro 19:11

Forgiving is not seeking revenge or feeling ill will.

He (Jesus) did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.  1 Pet 2:23

Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Rom 12:17-18

Forgiving means treating others with the love God has given you.

Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Col 3:13

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

John 13:34-35