Resurrected Relationships: Forgiveness

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Sermon Title: Power to Offer Life to a Dead Culture | Week 2

Luke 17:1-6 (New King James) 

1 Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 3 Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”5 And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” 6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you

1a Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” Nelson Mandela

1b…but woe to him through whom they do come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 

Avoiding the Trap: Face to Face Conversation & Forgiveness

3Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.

Jesus’ goal in relationships is always reconciliation.

Avoiding the Trap: Continued Forgiveness

4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

“Our spiritual, physical and emotional health is linked to our forgiveness not to the nature of their offence.”

5. Increase our faith. 6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

Forgiveness Is A Matter of Perspective

Matthew 18:21-35 (NIV)

1Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" 22Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. 23"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26"The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' 27The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 28"But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded. 29"His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.' 30"But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. 32"Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' 34In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35"This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."

  • 1 talent = 75 lb’s
  • 10,000 talents = 750,000 lbs
  • 750,000 lbs = 12,000,000 ozs
  • *1oz of gold = $1,241.47
  • 12,000,000 ozs = $14,897,640,000.00

*Friday, June 3rd 2016

  • 1 Denari = 1 Days wages
  • 100 Denari = 1/3 of a working year
  • Annual average US salary 2015 = $45,000
  • 1/3 = $15,000

Our “Big Faith Move” was to believe that Jesus was and is the Son of God and that our sins were forgiven by His sacrifice on the cross.