GateWay Bible Church
Communicate Love -- Forgiving Others (2 Corinthians 5:17-19)
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit empowers the man or woman of God to forgive others just as God has forgiven you.
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    5000 Granite Creek Rd, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
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FORGIVENESS is the act of pardoning another person despite their shortcomings and offenses.
A benefit of forgiveness is that it STOPS feelings of anger or resentment toward someone for an offense, flaw, or mistake.
Theologically, death in the Bible is understood as SEPARATION not cessation.
Humans are born separated from GOD, but not from His GOODNESS.
For God to forgive sin, two conditions are necessary. A LIFE must be taken as a substitute for that of the sinner, and the sinner must come to God's sacrifice in a spirit of REPENTANCE and FAITH.
The Bible teaches that God completely forgives SIN. The initiative comes from Him because He is ready to forgive. He is a God of GRACE and PARDON.
God's forgiveness of your sin EMPOWERS you to forgive others.
A FORGIVING spirit shows that one is a true follower of Christ.
1. Can you recount a time in life when you were forgiven for a shortcoming or offense? How did that make you feel?
2. Regarding this sermon, is there any truth that stands out as being particularly helpful, insightful, or difficult to grasp?
3. Offer an explanation as to why people in general find it hard to forgive?
4. Is it possible to forgive and forget? Do consequences remain after forgiveness is granted? Explain.
5. What messages on forgiveness did Jesus teach from the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant? (Matthew 18:21-35)
Application Questions & Prayer:
6. How do you forgive someone who has already died and left this life? Does this apply to anyone in your life?
7. What analogy can you think of that best describes the emotions that accompany true forgiveness?
8. Pray as the Holy Spirit leads for you to be obedient and bold in forgiving anyone in your life who needs it.