Chestnut Ridge Church
Forgive and Forget?—Part 3
Extending forgiveness to those who have wronged you can be a healing experience for everyone involved. But sometimes, it’s just not that easy. The topic of forgiveness raises many questions. Do I have to forgive everyone or are there exceptions? What does it mean to forgive? Should forgiveness always lead to reconciliation? What if I or someone else has done something "unforgivable"? How do I forgive myself? If you’ve ever wondered why forgiveness is essential to our well-being, or how you can begin to forgive others or yourself, tune in for this compelling new series. Together, we’ll focus on how God forgives us, and how we can begin to implement forgiveness in our lives, even when it seems out of reach.
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  • Chestnut Ridge Church [CRC]
    2223 Cheat Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM, Sunday 5:00 PM

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We Praise You, Battle Belongs, Welcome the Healer, What a Beautiful Name
Forgive and Forget?—Part 3
[Tim Haring]
Problem | We have trouble forgiving others
Solution | Forgiven people forgive others
Today's Takeaway | Forgiven people forgive others
“Grace is unmerited favor. It is undeserved on the part of the recipient. It is unearned and unearnable. Those kids had no claim on my grace. They were in a state of total demerit…[and] grace is not cheap. Grace is expensive. It is free to the recipient, but costly to the donor. My forgiveness that night cost the kids nothing. It cost me a lot of agonizing and soul-searching, which is nothing in comparison with what grace cost our Lord.” –Ryrie
• Forgiveness does not mean forgetting
• Forgiveness does not mean our anger will magically disappear
• Forgiveness does not mean forfeiting legal remedies
• Forgiveness doesn’t mean you have to befriend the one who hurt you
• Forgiving doesn’t mean letting someone run all over you
Forgiveness: to lift up, to bear, or to carry
[Forgiveness] means to carry, bear away or lift up the faults, sins and failures of others—to consider them guilty but forgiven! –Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words
[The high priest] killed one of the goats as a sin offering for the nation…[Then] he confessed the sins of the nation over the live goat as he placed his hands on its head. Finally he sent the live goat, called the scapegoat into the wilderness. Symbolically it carried away the sins of the people. –Feinberg, C.L.
Forgiveness means...
• To release a debt that is owed
• To extend grace
Both the sum (ten thousand) and the monetary unit (talent) are significant, for in the ancient Near East ten thousand was the highest number used in calculating, and the talent was the largest currency unit of that time. In other words, the amount is intended to stagger the imagination; it is the highest sum imaginable, to be contrasted with the trifling amount of the debt in verse 28.” –B.M. Newman
10,000 talents would pay for something like 200,000 man-years of labour. –John Nolland
We reveal the true condition of our hearts by the way we treat others. –Wiersbe
Keep in mind that this has nothing to do with salvation; it is a matter of “family forgiveness” between siblings in Christ, not between God and the sinner; so do not read eternal judgment into v. 34. God will certainly deal with a believer who harbors an unforgiving spirit. –Wiersbe

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