Forgiveness: Setting Your Captives Free

Forgiveness releases our hearts from bondage and enables us to experience great peace and joy. In part 9 of Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival, Pastor Dan Cox reads from Matthew 18:21-35.

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Study Notes

“Revival is that strange and sovereign work of God in which He visits His own people- restoring, reanimating, and releasing them into the fullness of His blessing.”

– Stephen Olford

Preparing the Soil


Planting Seed in the Soil


Weeding the Soil

Clear Conscience

Understanding the Text

  1. The measure of forgiveness (Matthew18:21-22)
  2. An illustration of forgiveness (Matthew18:23-27)
  3. An illustration of unforgiveness (Matthew18:28-30)
  4. The danger of unforgiveness (Matthew18:31-35)

Providence and Forgiveness

Forgiveness means…

  • I fully release the offender from his debt
  • I promise never to bring up the offense again to God, to others or to the offender himself

Making It Personal

“There’s no unforgiveness in my heart.”

“There’s no way I could ever forgive __________.”

“If I forgive them, they’re off the hook!”

“I’ll forgive, but I’ll never forget what they did to me.”

“I have forgiven, but I still struggle with feelings of hurt.”

Steps to Forgiveness

  1. Make a list
  2. Confess
  3. Choose to forgive
  4. If possible, reconcile