These are the notes I took while watching this video. Perhaps they will be of some help.
There is awesome power in forgiveness. It is God's solution for bitterness, resentment, and hostility. You and I need the freedom found only through sincerely and completely forgiving others.
Forgiveness is giving up resentment against someone and our right to get even no matter what has been done to us. It is the surrendering of my right to hurt you back.
Freedom from the enslavement of anger and all the feelings that go with it: hostility, bitterness and resentment.
You can't just say you forgive, you have to experience it. If you try to justify someone's wrong to you, you are not forgiving them.
Living in the willful sin is a condition in which God will not answer our prayer. If he did, he would be condoning sin. which is out of his character. Perhaps one reason people are not blessed is because of unforgiveness.
Unforgiveness is detrimental to our souls. It interferes with your fellowship with God. Not your relationship with him because once saved you are saved.
Matthew 18:21 Jesus instructs us to forgive 70 times 7. If you don't forgive others, the father won't forgive you.
There is no justifiable reason for not forgiving others.
Ephesians 4:30-32 1 John 1:9
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit. Be kind to one another, forgive.
Don't let anger become deep down hostility inside you. Forgiveness is the most unselfish act we can perform. God will enable us to forgive.
Unforgiveness is a chain around your heart.
To deal with anger:
- acknowledge you have experienced God's forgiveness
- confess your anger and hostility
- lay down your anger and bitterness
- ask God to forgive you
By an act of my will, I choose by the power of the Holy Spirit, to lay down this anger.
When you have held an attitude of resentment towards someone who hurt you, ask for their forgiveness by saying, "My attitude towards you has not been right."
If you have forgiven you will thank God for allowing this to happen Ask God to teach you about His grace. Remind yourself, God's grace has surrounded me all these years.
When you have forgiveness:
- you will not feel the same way the next time you see them
- your harsh feelings are replaced with compassion
- you can accept them the way they are
- you will consider why they did that