(Have ladies reflect on what the word forgiveness means. Have two or three ladies state what it means to them.)
Definition: The process of concluding resentment, indignation or anger as a result of a perceived offense, difference or mistake, and/or ceasing to demand punishment or restitution.
I. God Forgives – There is great assurance in the fact that God forgives our transgressions unconditionally. (Matthew 6:14 & 15; Ephesians 1:7; Psalms 51:1-4)
II. We are Forgiven – Be thankful that we are forgiven because of Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection. (Acts. 13:37-39; Romans 8:1; I John 1:9)
III. We Must Forgive – There are many passages of scripture that admonish us to forgive others. (Luke 11:4; Matthew 6:14; Ephesians 4:32)
IV. Wages of Unforgiveness – God will not forgive our transgressions if we do not have a forgiving heart towards others. (Matthew 6:15; Psalms 66:18; Mark 11:26)
There will always be those individuals that we find it difficult to forgive but it is our admonishment from God to forgive and to accept the forgiveness that God has to offer us.
(A time of reflection should be conducted at this point asking each person to search their own heart for any unforgiveness they may have. A time of sharing can be done at this point if time allows.)