Be Forgiving

 

Mark 11:25

 

1. Everyone needs to forgive.

 

  - One of the greatest hindrances to spiritual growth is to refuse to forgive.

 

  a. you may need to forgive others.

 

     - We need to forgive our enemies.

 

     - Don't wait until you are on your deathbed to forgive the people you hold grudges against.

 

     - Don't wait for people to earn their forgiveness.

 

  b. You may need to forgive yourself.

 

     - Some seem to beat themselves up over and over again because of their mistakes.

 

2. Christians must not withhold forgiveness.

 

  - Matthew 18:21-22

 

  - Every time someone hurts you, you are to forgive them again.

 

  - We must forgive those who hurt us to avoid hate collecting in our hearts.

 

  - If we want to have fellowship with God, we must forgive.

 

  - If we withhold forgiveness, we will harm ourselves the most