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FORGIVENESS

FORGIVENESS IS SOMETHING CHRISTIANS REQUIRE AND NEED TO GIVE BACK.

Forgiveness has different meanings for different people and sometimes different meanings for the same people, depending on what or who is it is that is being "forgiven" ...  As though there are different levels of forgiveness that only apply to who we deem worthy or unworthy of this Forgiveness. But the question is Ö What would Jesus consider forgiveness as being? While you let that question simmer in your mind and heart, let's look at what He said about it.


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 WE WILL BE LOOKING AT MATTHEW CHAPTER 18

JUST BEFORE JESUS SPOKE ON THE TOPIC OF FORGIVENESS, HE MADE A FEW OTHER STATEMENTS LEADING UP TO HIS SHARED WORDS ON FORGIVENESS. LET'S SEE WHAT JESUS SAID ...

 Matthew  18:1-14
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them, And said,
Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Jesus is warning those that would harm the Christians that became as a child. He goes further to speak of the lost children of God and how we are to seek the lost as to bring them back to the Lord. As we proceed, we must remember that Jesus made it clear ...

It is not the will of your Father which is in Heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Keeping this TRUTH in mind and heart Ö Let us see what Jesus says next Ö

Matthew  18:15-18
Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.

Sooooooo, Jesus is saying that if your brother (fellow man) has wronged you go try and work it out between you and that person only. BUT Ö IF they still don't want to make peace, tell the church (Fellow Christians) and if this person STILL refuses, we are to think of that person as a heathen and a publican Ö

FORGIVENESS BIBLE WARNING OF FORGIVENESS BIBLE DANGERS WITH FORGIVENESS BIBLE TRUTH

This CHOICE should not be made lightly as Jesus also said Ö

Honestly I tell you, whoever's sins you retain on earth, will be found guilty in Heaven and whoever's sin you forgive on earth, will be forgiven in Heaven.

So many are quick to use this scripture in order to condemn a fellow Christian thinking they need only get a few friends to agree with them and they can condemn another. But is that truly what Jesus is saying? I mean Ö Did Jesus not just get through warning us of mistreating fellow Christians? Let's look closer at what Jesus said shall we?

Matthew 18:15
If your brother sins against you, go and talk to him about it alone, and if he will hear you (make peace), you've gained your brother.

 Jesus said that if we succeed at making peace with our fellow man that we have GAINED OUR BROTHER Ö In the book of James we get a clear picture of what happens when you gain your brother.

James 5:20
Brothers, if any of you sin, and someone brings him to repentance, let him know that the person who converts the sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death, and will hide a multitude of sins.

WOW Ö What a wonderful reward that YOU receive when you find a way to bring peace to a matter by means of forgiveness! So it is obvious that we are to try diligently to get the one who has wronged us to see His TRUTH as to be set free.

But, IF the person refuses to hear you ... This is what Jesus says to do ...

Matthew 18:19-20
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

 THIS CONCEPT OF HAVING WITNESSES COMES FROM THE LAW
GIVEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Deuteronomy 19:15
One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

It is obvious that the intent of this act is to get the person to see the error of their ways as to be forgiven which will SAVE the soul.

This whole topic brought up a question in Peter's mind ...

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? Jesus saith unto him,
I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN
.

This is an obvious statement by Jesus that we are NOT to seek ways to condemn another but rather to seek ways to restore peace between us all.   

Lemme ask you something Ö In 99.9% of EVERY problem between two people what do both parties want? The answer is Ö AN APOLOGY. IF the apology is given, in most cases it is then suddenly easy to FORGIVE the other.

I cannot even fathom how many friendships have been dissolved cuz one or the other held such pride that they could not say these two simple words Ö Iím sorry. If they would have, GRACE would have been bestowed and the friendship would have been stronger.

Have you ever pondered on that and how that GRACE may work with the Forgiveness that God has granted us?

I wanna share a quick story Ö

There was once a young child who lived in a culture where people could easily become a slave when they grew up and as many had before Ö This child too became enslaved. The slave driver was very cruel and there was no peace in this slaveís life. The slave driver constantly hounded the slave. The slave was used and abused for many years.

After some time, this lifestyle began to wear on the slave and the slaveís health began to affect the slaveís productivity. The owner, seeing this slave was no longer of any value, decided to sell the slave at an auction. When the slave stepped onto the platform to be sold, there was only silence as it was obvious to all that this slave was of no value. Then a voice sounded out from the crowd and offered a substantial amount for this slave. Obviously nobody was going to bid any higher so the slave became the property of the stranger in the crowd.

The slave was brought in chains to the stranger and the slave with their weakened, battered body lifted their eyes to meet their new owner. As they looked into the strangers eyes they felt the chains fall off of their swollen wrists. They looked down to see that their new owner had removed the chains and the new owner said Ö GO, you are free. The slave thinking this a trick, just stood there. The new owner repeated his words and explained that the slave was free and could do whatever he wanted to do and began to walk away.

 The slave pondered on what had just happened and began to follow the man that had freed him and when the man noticed that he was being followed, he stopped and asked the newly freed soul why they were following him. The renewed soul said Ö I CHOOSE to serve YOU.

In like manner many of us have become slave to sin in our past and after being slave to sin for so very long, our soul became torn and tattered and we were unable to perform anything worthy. The Lord saw within us a valuable asset to HIS Cause and bought us with a price ... His Blood. He now allows us to CHOOSE what we will do and it is His GRACE that touches our heart and has us CHOOSE to follow and serve HIM.

FORGIVENESS IS A POWERFUL THING

FORGIVENESS BIBLE PROMISE OF FORGIVENESS BIBLE POWER

Let's do a little digging and find out what Forgiveness is? Remember when I said earlier that the meaning of forgiveness differs from person to person and circumstance to circumstance? Well, the reason we seem to have given the act of forgiveness different levels, is so that we can say we've forgiven, without really forgiving as we KNOW in our heart we are to do. We feel like as long as we've achieved or performed any given level of forgiveness, we can take credit for the total act of this very important virtue.

Let us take a look at the different levels that humans have CHOSEN TO DIVIDE the holy act of forgiveness up into. You can decide for yourself, which level(s) you've chosen to grant to the people in your life. Some of these may sound the same to you, but many people don't like to admit to something (even to themselves) unless every word in the description are the very words they would use. These aren't in any order of importance.

FORGIVENESS LEVELS

1) You forgive outwardly for OTHERS TO BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE, but inside you just can't seem to forgive. You want to but you feel that you cannot so you just carry on with it in your mind and heart.

2) You claim to forgive, but your relationship has never been quite the same with the person Ö and never will be. You tolerate the offender as much and as you can bear to, because Jesus said to forgive. Sometimes you rarely speak, if ever again, and the relationship virtually ends after the so-called forgiveness.

3) You say that you forgive the offense, but you ridicule, deride, mock, taunt or challenge the offender at every turn, sometimes in anger and other times in humor.

4) You cease to feel resentment against an offender, but you really don't trust them anymore. You can forgive but you can't forget. You store a record of the offence in the back of your mind just in case you need to bring it up at a later date for any reason.

5) As long as youíre in a good mood, your forgiveness abounds, but wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and anyone who has ever sinned against you is a scoundrel until your mood changes.

6) You pick and choose who you do and do not forgive. Some people are just not worthy and others are easily forgiven despite that which they did. 

7) You pardon someone totally and unconditionally. You continue to love the person who sinned against you, just as you did before the offense. It's as though it never even happened. Recollections of the offense are not used for any reason. You don't forget that you're a sinner yourself and mercy and Grace are the greatest gift that God has given you through Jesus Christ.

Maybe the level of forgiveness that you use isnít included here. If itís not, go ahead and add them in, because there are bound to be millions of conditions and levels that fall in between these categories, or have additional little addendums. Itís okay, weíre all guilty of it at some point in our lives.

Now, let's look at the word "forgive" ... The prefix "for" means before and the word give, in this case, means "commit" ... So, to forgive is to think of things as they were before the offense was committed. You may say, That's a tough thing to do. Maybe so, until you think about it this way: Have you ever done anything that you wish you had never done? Is there something that if you could, you would totally erase it from your life, that it would be forgotten totally from anyone's memory who knows about it? It won't happen unless you forgive others the same way.

Jesus said:

Matthew 7:2
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Now that you turn things around, and your own forgiveness of others is involved, you can relate better to the phrase "forgive and forget" ... To sum up this whole definition business, it would be fair to say that to forgive IS to forget.

It's hard on both the offender and the victim of a sin, when forgiveness is not granted. For the offender, they feel untrusted and ashamed. It can weaken a person's soul to live with knowing that they're not forgiven for something that they're so sorry for. It's as if there's an invisible net around them that they can't escape. To repent for something we've done, and not to be forgiven, is an experience that God didn't want us to bear, and that's the whole reason why we have the New Testament, and why Jesus died for us. It's a shame that we've defiled this beautiful gift of Grace by putting it into levels. Forgive others the way you want to be forgiven by God for things that you've done.

What about if youíre the victim of a sin? Letís say someone has committed a sin against you and you donít forgive them. How can being unforgiving ... Hurt you? It's in your subconscious mind if you haven't completely forgiven someone for something. Your mind knows what level you've assigned to each act of forgiveness you've granted. You don't think about it all the time, but the knowledge of it is there. This can cause bitterness in your spirit that can affect other parts of your life. Your faith will feel like it's tainted with guilt. That's because you're being measured by God with the same forgiveness scale that you're using. Your lack of trust in your offender can cause you to be untrusting of others as well. If your offender is a loved one, you can become blameful of them for unrelated things that happen in your life.

Being unforgiving can cause a chain of circumstances that prevent you from being fruitful for God. Until you completely release your offender from his sin, you'll remain in the same net that you've put him in.

We've done a pretty thorough job of putting forgiveness into levels, now let's look at the levels that we've put sin into. What about people? Do you find it easier to forgive a loved one than an acquaintance or a stranger for the same offense? Are there sins that we simply find unforgivable and others that we have no problem whatsoever forgetting? To that, I have to ask you, are there some sins that youíve committed that you think God should hold you accountable for, or do you want Him to forgive all of your sins?

Jesus addressed this very thing.

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. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Did you catch that? If you have anything against any. Forgive all or you won't be forgiven. Sorry, there are no levels for all. All means all. It doesn't limit the number(s) or the intensity of the sin(s), or even how long ago they happened, it's infinite.

FORGIVENESS BIBLE PURPOSE AND FORGIVENESS BIBLE INTENT

Our report card on our forgiveness performance will be administered to us on judgment day and we'll be remembered in Godís eyes exactly the way we remembered (or forgave) others. 

Let's pick up where we left off with Jesus sharing with us on FORGIVENESS ...

Matthew 18:23-35
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king who wanted to check on the debt of his servants. When he had begun to estimate, one person was brought to him that owed him 10,000 talents (a talent is an ancient coin of a certain weight). Since the man had no money to pay, the king ordered that the servant, his wife, children and all that he owned be sold so that he, the king, could be paid.

The servant fell down and begged, Lord, have patience with me and I'll pay you everything I owe. The king was moved with compassion and released him, and forgave him the debt. (The king actually set the servant free AND wiped out the debt.)

The same servant went out and found one of his fellow-servants, who owed him 100 pence (that's about one millionth of the debt that the king forgave him for). He took him by the throat and said, Pay me what you owe me! His fellow-servant fell at his feet and begged him, Have patience with me and I'll pay you everything I owe. The man would not, but he went and threw his fellow-servant into prison until the man could pay the debt.

When the other servants saw what happened, they were very sorry and went and told the king what was done. The king called him and said, O you wicked servant, I forgave you all that debt because you asked me, shouldn't you also have had mercy on your fellow-servant, like I had mercy on you? And the king was angry and put him in jail until he could pay all that he owed the king.

In the same way will my Heavenly Father do to you, if you from your hearts don't forgive every one of your brothers for their sins.

Okay, back to the beginning. Remember the question we began with? What would Jesus consider forgiveness? My friend, the answer is this: He's gonna use the definition that you choose . . . on you! With that in mind, you may want to consider how generous you are with the gift of forgiveness that you grant to others Ö and to yourself!

Yes, thatís right, you must forgive yourself too. Letís say youíre a merciful person to everyone that you know, but youíre very hard on yourself and you have things pent up inside that you just canít seem to let go of. Things that youíve even forgiven others for, you find hard to forgive yourself for. Itís a tough one, I know.

As Christians, we know and understand that God forgives us, and we donít (usually) have a problem forgiving others Ö but ourselves Ö we just canít seem to get the hang of it, now can we? I have another question to ask you. Does God still forgive us if we donít forgive ourselves?

Remember what Jesus said?

Mark 11:25-26
And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against ANY: so your Father in Heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if you don't forgive, neither will your Father in Heaven forgive you.

All means all, remember. You count too. Are you not His child? Not only do we have to concern ourselves with not being forgiven if we fail to forgive but also becoming victim to a trap of satan.

This TRUTH is shared by Paul ...

2 Corinthians 2:10-11
To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

 I have another TRUTH to share with you. Way down deep inside of us, thereís a twisted misconception that if we hold on to feelings of guilt, it somehow justifies us in Godís eyes. This is totally the opposite of what your Father wants for you. He didnít sacrifice His precious Son so that we would harbor feelings of guilt. He did it so we would be TOTALLY FREE of that. Guilt is a bad seed. As long as itís buried down deep, it WILL grow. Unattended, it will become a big problem in your garden, because it will bloom and go to seed, and soon youíll have a whole bunch of little problems that grow into big problems and it just keeps getting worse and worse. Once God forgives you, He doesnít remember it. You are cleansed of it. Pure as a little baby. And thatís how your Father sees you.

Look at this from Godís point of view. Letís say youíre a loving parent, whose child has done something wrong. You may chasten the child, or some other circumstances may arise that bring him to repentance. Your precious child comes to you to confess, and asks forgiveness. Then you forgive him lovingly, and all is well. Later on, youíre walking past the closed door of your childís room and you hear your little one crying and rapping his head on the wall, because he feels badly for what heís done. How does that make you feel? Maybe it makes you feel like he doubts your forgiveness.

Now, knowing that you are Godís child, how can you serve the Lord effectively and efficiently, as long as you carry guilt inside of you?

As adult Christians, we understand that God forgives us, so the bad feelings of guilt that we store up inside are in TRUTH, self pity. Youíre wasting your time feeling guilty. Youíre wasting precious time that you could be using toward Godís plans for your life. Lose the guilt, and get on with the God business. Put on your garden gloves, get a good hold on that weed, and eliminate it from your life once and forever.

Forgiveness is the removal of sin. Once itís removed, itís gone. God did the job. You donít have to go and clean up after Him. Think of what an insult that must be.

LET GO AND LET GOD!

It's never too late to forgive. There may be something that happened years ago, maybe even in your childhood that you haven't completely forgiven someone for. You can change that. You can free yourself and other people to be more fruitful for God if you do. If someone hasn't forgiven you for something, perhaps you'd like to ask them to forgive you. You're not only seeking for peace for your own soul, but you're also giving them a chance to escape that invisible net that they've unknowingly put themselves in as well.

 

Now letís type about that question that has been simmering in your mind and heart. What does Jesus deem as Forgiveness?

The answer was given upon the Cross Ö

GRACE

Remember the story of the slave and how it applies to our Christian walk? I want ya to ponder on something Ö

GRACE and forgiveness do NOT need to be DESERVED. We can offer it to ANY person at ANY time for ANY crime that we CHOOSE to.

Here is an interesting concept Ö What if that is the whole test?

Will we grant the same Grace and Love that we received to His children.  

 FORGIVENESS BIBLE VERSES REVEAL THAT FORGIVENESS BIBLE PROMISE GIVES US FORGIVENESS BIBLE HOPE IF WE CHOOSE TO FORGIVE ALL

God's Grace is the most precious gift that we have. We need to learn how to extend our own mercy and Grace to others whether they deserve it or not. Every day is a new beginning, every moment, a fresh start. Clean your slate and give others a chance to clean theirs too.

 

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