First, I will introduce the lesson to you.
Second, I will tell you what I learned.
Third, I will ask you questions.
Fourth, I will give you the Practical Points.
Finally, tell me what you got out of the lesson.
The title of this lesson is ¨The Need for Forgiveness¨ From the book of ¨Bible Expositor and Illuminator¨ I hope you enjoy this lesson and learn something from it. I’m posting this to help you and me. Once again I couldn’t go to Bible Study so, I’m teaching this lesson to you and me.
Introducing The Lesson (From The Book, Not My Words)
In the Scriptures, we are really not left to wonder very much about how to conduct ourselves as believers. God gives us some clear and quite complete directions as to how to handle offensive words and actions against us by our brothers in Christ. The unsaved person will do just what human nature naturally does – react in anger at even a small slight or criticism. But the born-again Christian has been given a new nature that reacts with grace and love as the Lord Jesus does. Forgiving others for their sins against us is basic to our lives as His children. We forgive because we are forgiven and we can forgive. Any sin against us is really against the Lord Jesus. We can expect Him to handle it well.
Developing The Lesson
1. Faith to bring joy (II Cor. 1:23). (From The Book, Not My Words)
Paul had been informed of a negative situation in the church at Corinth. There was a need for forgiveness and restoration of fellowship in the church. As the apostle who had brought them the gospel and taught them how to live for the Lord, Paul had the authority to straighten out any change or straying out any change or straying from the faith. He loved them supremely. He had been sent by God. However, Paul appealed them in humility and declared that he was not going to lord it over their faith. Rather, he appealed to them as one who wanted to help them in their Christian experience. They were to be living in joy and faith. He did not want to upset them or be heavy-handed in correcting their problem. He expected to come visit them, and he did not want it to be a sorrowful meeting but one of rejoicing.
2. Correction to result in restoration (II Cor. 2:4-8). (From The Book, Not My Words
Paul was very deeply concerned that the church understand his love for them and his grief over their difficult situation. He said the person who had offended them had been punished enough. It is apparent from the context that the church had withdrawn fellowship from the erring brother. This was enough punishment. The scriptural goal and ideal of punishment is always the restoration of the erring person. Now it was time to forgive him and restore him to fellowship so that he would not get discouraged in his faith.
3. Forgiveness to be mutual (II Cor. 2:9-11). (From The Book, Not My Words)
Paul said that part of the reason he wrote this letter was to see the demonstration of their obedience to the faith. He was confident that they were living it and that he could enter into their forgiving spirit toward the sinning brother or sister. If Satan can get us to be unforgiving, he can ruin our mutual love for one another. He can make thus make us mutually distrusting and unloving of one another. Our worship is then destroyed. Also, unforgiveness denies the sign that the Lord Jesus gave that all men would know we are His disciples because of our love for one another (John 13:35). Thus, both our worship and our witness would be destroyed. This is happening in many churches. Repentance of this sin and a spirit of revival is the only answer. We must start by remembering that we have been forgiven of treason and rebellion against the Most High God of heaven. So, who are we to refuse to forgive our brother? We must say in our hearts or, when appropriate, aloud, ¨I am forgiven and loved, so I can certainly forgive and love you.¨
Illustrating The Lesson(From The Book, Not My Words)
Forgiving others is a natural mindset of the normal Christian.
Concluding The Lesson (From The Book, Not My Words)
The next time you are tempted to feel hurt, harbor a grudge, or hold some word or deed against someone, remember that God has graciously forgiven you. This is now your opportunity to live as one of His children and do what He does. Decide to honor the Lord and His forgiveness toward you by being a loving and forgiving person yourself. It does not work to say you are not forgiving at all. In Matthew 18:21-35, the Lord Jesus said that we are to forgive our brother from our hearts. If the brother does it again, He says we are to forgive ¨until seventy times seven.” God’s forgiveness is limitless. That is the forgiveness you have received and have the privilege of sharing with others. To withhold forgiveness is a major sin.
What did I learn?
I learned that you have to forgive others even if you don’t want to. I learned that God forgave us already even when we are still sinning. So, what gives us the right not to Forgive our brothers and Sisters when they are in the middle of sinning? Who are we to judge? No matter what a person does to us, we can’t hold grudges. We can’t hold grudges because God didn’t hold grudges. Before we forgive someone we have to ask God to forgive us, forgive yourself then forgive others. Sometimes there are situations in a church that no one knows about. One day, someone might spill the dish of what’s going on because they’re angry. Then all of a sudden the whole church get’s mad at them and is upset with them. Some people in the church keeps bringing up this situation and it makes you angry to the point you storm out. Then people are mad at you. You feel like other people in church are judging you because of the situation. If you feel that way, what would you do? You would forgive them even in your flesh. When you feel like people are against you, you have to forgive them and move on. You have to let go of your feelings and forgive them. Sometimes our emotions can get to us even when we don’t know it. God want’s us to be kind and positive in our relationships with others. Once you’re brought into a negative situation in Church, you have to go into immediate prayer and forgiveness. We can’t be to spiritual to the point that we can’t help one another. When your brothers and sisters are sinning, we have to show them love and not be negative towards them. We have guide them in the word and lead them in the right direction. If we as their brothers and sister can’t help them then we have to give the situation to God. ASK GOD TO FORGIVE YOU, FORGIVE YOURSELF and FORGIVE OTHERS.
A Little Quiz, It’s Nothing Major(From The Book, Not My Words)
1. ) What is the difference between being a ¨spiritual dictator¨ and being a godly leader (II Cor. 1:23-24; 11:13-15; I Pet. 5:2-4)?
2.) How was Christ the perfect pattern for godly leadership (Matt. 23:11-12; Mark 9:35; Luke 22:24-27; Phil. 2:1-11)?
3.) What are the extremes when it comes to church discipline (II Cor. 2:5-7; cf. I Cor. 5:1-2)? How should the church confront sin among its members (Matt. 18:15-17; Gal. 6:1-2; II Thess. 3:15; Jas 5:19-20)?
4.) Why is it right for the Christian to forgive his brother or sister in the Lord (Matt. 6:14; Eph. 4:32)? Why do you think this is often so difficult for members of the church (II Cor. 2: 11; Gal. 5: 16-17; I Pet. 5:8)?
1.) Godly leaders are not to be spiritual dictators but rather spiritual guides (II Cor. 1:23-24; cf. Luke 22:25-27).
2.) Biblical Confrontation is necessary, but it should never be celebrated (II Cor. 2:1-2)
3.) Biblical confrontation should be motivated by love, not by pride or arrogance (vss. 3-4) .
4.) To openly sin against a brother is to sin against the whole body of Christ (vs. 5)
5.) Biblical discipline is careful not to go too far (vss. 6-8)
6.) Forgiveness and reconciliation are the goals of truly biblical discipline (vss. 9-11).
What did you learn out of this lesson?