Forgiven Much: Why should I forgive?

A message from Pastor David Elliott for Sunday May 10th, 2020.


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Text: Matthew 18:23-35

Why should I forgive?

  • An _____________ has been committed.
  • The person who has offended us _______ us.
  • The person who has been offended chooses to ______________ the offender from the debt they owe.
  1. Many times forgiveness is the ________ ______ to settle a debt and _________ ______. (Matt. 18:21-27)
  2. Forgiveness _______________ you from the torment of ongoing personal ______________. (Matt. 18:28-35)

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32)

This week take some time to read about Joseph as next Sunday we study…

How to forgive

Age 17
Blessings/Betrayal: coloured coat/sold by brothers (Gen. 37)
Age 17-30
Integrity: refused to commit adultery/Potiphar (Gen. 39:1-20)
Age 30
Influence: second in command in Egypt (Gen.41:41)
Age 37
Reconnection: does not reveal identity (Gen. 42-44)
Age 39
Reconciliation: reveals identity to brothers (Gen. 45)

Digging Deeper

(For personal study, family devotions or Care group )

  • Q1. What kinds of situations have caused you to ask the question, “Why?” Explain.
  • Q2. Have you ever experienced a time when you had to forgive someone repeatedly. If so, how did their multiple offenses make you feel? What brought resolution?
  • Q3. Read Hebrews 12:14-15. What kind of root is dangerous? What kind of fruit can that kind of root produce?
  • Q4. Think about a time in your life when the wisest thing to do was “walk away and cut your losses”. How could that situation apply to an ongoing offense in your life?
  • Q5. Read Matthew 18:15-20. Do you think these verses are connected to what Jesus teaches about in vs. 23-35? If so, how.
  • Q6. Have you ever met someone who seems to be “tortured” by past wrongdoings that they just can’t seem to forgive? What revealed that they were still in bondage?
  • Q7. Read Ephesians 4:30-32. What are some of the negative characteristics of a person who has grieved the Holy Spirit by being unwilling to forgive?