Forgiveness

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Prodigal Perspectives | Chris Seay

Can I tell you how I really feel? Guilt, shame, entitlement, bitterness, grief-stricken ... our relationships with others surface a variety of feelings. After each short film, Chris Seay will walk us through the scripture helping us to understand how jealousy, selfishness and forgiveness affect our own lives and relationships.  

Ed’s Story | Ed Dobson

Ed's Story is our story. Diagnosed with ALS and given a short time to live, Ed Dobson wrestles with issues suffering raises: worry, identity, forgiveness, gratitude, and healing. What emerges in this 5-film series is his discovery that there is always hope.  

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Bible Passages

"Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others." | Colossians 3:13 (NLT)

"But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift." | Matthew 5:22-24 (NLT) 

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” | Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV) 

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
— Psalm 103:8-12 (NIV) 

"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you." | Matthew 6:14 (NIV) 

"Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted." | Galatians 6:1-2 (NIV) 

"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." | Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV) 

"I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me. Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement. So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. I wrote to you as I did to test you and see if you would fully comply with my instructions. When you forgive this man, I forgive him, too. And when I forgive whatever needs to be forgiven, I do so with Christ’s authority for your benefit, so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes." | 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 (NLT)


Quotes

“A life lived without forgiveness is a prison.” | William Arthur Ward

"One of the most staggering truths of the Scriptures is to understand that we do not earn our way to heaven. ...works have a place--but as a demonstration of having received God's forgiveness, not as a badge of merit of having earned it." | Ravi Zacharias

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.
— C.S. Lewis

"Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive." | C.S. Lewis

"Who are you helping most when you forgive the person who hurt you? Actually, you're helping yourself more than the other person. I always looked at forgiving people who hurt me as being really hard. I thought it seemed so unfair for them to receive forgiveness when I had gotten hurt. I got pain, and they got freedom without having to pay for the pain they caused. Now I realize that I'm helping myself when I choose to forgive." | Joyce Meyer

“Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” | Billy Graham  

“A forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note, torn in two and burned up, so that it can never be shown against the man." | Henry Ward Beecher  

"Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime, therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore, we are saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone. Therefore, we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own; therefore, we are saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness." | Reinhold Niebuhr

"If you're a follower of Jesus but you feel distant from him during this era of your life, if you're having difficulty resting easy in his forgiveness, could it be because you're blatantly refusing to let go of your animosity toward another person." | Lee Strobel

“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” | Alexander Pope

The OTHER Serenity Prayer: "God, grant me the serenity to stop beating myself up for not doing things perfectly, the courage to forgive myself because I'm working on doing better, and the wisdom to know that You already love me just the way I am."| Eleanor Brown