What Would Jesus ACTUALLY Do? – Forgiveness

Pastor Jason Burns

May 23, 2021

Matthew 6:9-12  //  This, then, is how you should pray: ’Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

Matthew 6:14-15  //  For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

  • “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.“ – C.S. Lewis

Matthew 6:9  //  This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven...”

Matthew 5:23-24  //  “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

Matthew 5:43-44  //  You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

  • Your prayer may or may not change others, but it always changes you.

Colossians 3:13  //  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

  • “In the shadow of my hurt, forgiveness feels like a decision to reward my enemy. But in the shadow of the cross, forgiveness is merely a gift from one undeserving soul to another.” – Andy Stanley
  • Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong. It makes you bitter.
  • Forgiving doesn’t make you weak. It sets you free.

Luke 23:32-34  //  32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

  • Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude. – Martin Luther King