First Baptist Church of Columbiana
Sun, Mar 31, 2019

Letting Go

Matthew 6:12 by Dr. Michael Miller

Letting Go

Building Intimacy with God – Part 5


Forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. Matt 6:12 NIV


How many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? Jesus answered…Not seven, but seventy-seven times. Matt. 18:21-22 NIV


Why must I learn to forgive?



1. God has forgiven me

The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. Matt. 18:27 NIV


Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Eph. 4:32 NIV



2. Resentment causes misery

‘Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master turned him over to the jailors.

Matt. 18:33-34 NIV


Some people…live and die with bitter hearts. Job 21:23-25 GNB


To worry yourself with resentment is a foolish, senseless thing to do. Job 5:2 GNB



3. I will need forgiveness again

This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matt. 18:35 NIV


Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matt. 5:7 NIV



>>When dealing with hurt, I can: Hold on to it OR Let it go!



What if I don’t forgive?


                                   * I’m interrupting God’s purpose in the world

                                   * I’m destroying my witness for Christ

                                   * I’m damaging my fellowship with the Father

                                   * I’m grieving the Holy Spirit of God

                                   * I’m forfeiting God’s blessing on my life

                                   * I’m betraying an indifference to the greatest thing God ever did

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