Unexpected Forgiveness


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The Unexpected Journey 

Unexpected Forgiveness 
 
Some people never expect to need forgiveness 
Some people never expect to be forgiven 
Some people never expect to have to forgive someone else
 
When you come to the end of your life, the question that matters is – do you have a connection with Christ?
 
When we know we’ve sinned, we try to read the Bible more, we try to pray more, we try to serve more to get back in “God’s good graces.”
 
You can’t earn forgiveness and you can’t buy forgiveness. It’s free. You just need to ask for it.
 
1) Look to Jesus and remember how He forgave you.
 
Ephesians 4:32 – “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
 
Forgiveness is:
* Letting go of the right to get even or get revenge.
* Moving forward 
* Dropping resentment and grudges 
* A choice
* A “step-forward” feeling
* An opportunity to display grace
* A roadblock remover
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2) Look at the person and not the blunder
 
Do you want repayment and restitution, or do you want transformation.
 
Forgiveness is not:
* Forgetting what happened
* Regaining automatic trust
* A removal of consequences
* Seeking more punishment than someone deserves
* Ignoring that something happened
* Instant emotional healing 
* Restoring the same relationship
 
3) Look past the hurt to the hope that forgiveness offers.
 
1 John 3:9 – “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.”
 
Titus 2:11-15 – “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.”
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God forgives eternal consequences