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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

Humility
Honesty
Repentance

Planting Seed in the Soil

Grace
Holiness
Obedience

Weeding the Soil

Clear Conscience
Forgiveness

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