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Forgiveness Starts with the Heart
What happens to us when we choose not to forgive others?
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
How does our heart play a role in forgiving others?
7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed,
1 Peter 1:22
22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
Describe in your own words what it means to be “tenderhearted” as mentioned in Ephesians 4:32?
32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
What can we do to help ourselves have a tender heart?
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”
How can practicing kindness lead us to be tenderhearted and more forgiving?
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.