Matthew 6:14-15 - "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" (NIV).
Matthew 18:32-35 - “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 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 jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 'This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.'" (NIV).
Luke 6:37-38 - “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you" (NIV).
Luke 23:34 - "Jesus said, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing'" (NIV).
Ephesians 4:32 - "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" (NIV).
Luke 7:36-38 - "Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them" (NIV).
Luke 7:39 - "When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is–that she is a sinner" (NIV).
Luke 7:47 - "Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven–for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little" (NIV).
Forgiveness is both an event and a process. It is important for us to speak out, "I choose to forgive ___________ for _________________, and how it made me feel ______________________." This is a significant declaration. You won't necessarily feel loving and warm toward the offender at this point. But, you will now need to walk out the process of forgiveness. As you are reminded of the pain, you continually choose to release the person and pray mercy over them. You choose not to bring up the pain again with the person or with yourself in a moment of self-pity. As you walk out the process of forgiveness, the Father brings healing into your heart, mind and emotions.
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