"The Secret To Success ... Forgiveness"

July 20, 2003
Bob Murray

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 6:23 (New International Version)

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Romans 6:23 (New International Version)

"In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness."
Hebrews 9:22 (New International Version)

"It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."
1 Corinthians 13:5 (New International Version)

[3] "If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? [4] But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared."
Psalm 130:3-4(New International Version)

God permanently forgives; he forgives and forgets!

"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more."
Isaiah 43:25 (New International Version)

God faithfully forgives.

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
I John 1:9 (New International Version)

God completely forgives.

"as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us."
Psalm 103:12 (New International Version)

1. Receiving God's Forgiveness
Parable of the Prodigal Son - Luke 15: 11-24 (New International Version)

"When he came to his senses" vs. 17
"I will...say...I have sinned" vs. 18

"So he got up and went to his father" vs. 20

[22] "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. [23] Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. [24] For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate."
Luke 15:22-24 (New International Version)

"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more."
Isaiah 43:25 (New International Version)

2. Extending God's Forgiveness: Matthew 18:21-35 (New International Version)

[21] "Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" [22] Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times."
Matthew 18:21-22 (New International Version)

Matthew 18:23-35 (New International Version) - Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

[23] "Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. [32] "Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. [33] Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' [34] In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. [35] "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."

[14] "For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. [15] But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."
Matthew 6:14-15 (New International Version)

To Receive and Give Forgiveness.

[9] "This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. [10] This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."
I John 4:9-10 (New International Version)