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Delivered By
Bob Petersen
Delivered On
November 22, 2015

God addresses things in the bible that we would need help with

As a Christian we are told that we would be attacked verbally by others and have to go through misunderstandings with those close to us.

Luke 6:22 NAS Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.

Everything we encounter produces memories, short term and long

If we don’t deal with these negative memories and the emotions created by them effectively it will affect us adversely.

We must learn to forgive often

Mark 11:24-26 NAS 24 "Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.  25 "Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.  26 ["But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions."]

We need God’s grace on our lives to live the God life

If we don’t give grace to others we will not get it

Video: Case for Grace Excerpt

In forgiveness we look for some type of response of someone apologizing or feeling bad or something SO WE CAN THEN forgive.

NOTHING will help you forgive.

It must be a decision based on an act of your will.

It will be gut wrenching for some

It will feel like you’re giving someone a license to hurt you again.

Dr. Caroline Leaf - Who Switched Off My Brain: Do you have toxic seeds of unforgiveness in your life? Forgiveness is a choice, an act of your free will. It enables you to release all those toxic thoughts of anger, resentment, bitterness, shame, grief, regret, guilt and hate. These emotions hold your mind in a nasty, vice-like grip. As long as these unhealthy toxic thoughts dominate your mind, you will not be able to grow healthy new thoughts and memories. Forgiveness starts with repentance, which unmasks older pathways in the nerve circuits of the brain and then, as you forgive, reorganizes them by rebuilding new memories over the old. Besides the unmistakable importance of forgiveness in Scripture, now there is increasing scientific evidence that forgiveness gives us healthier and happier lives (there are more than a hundred studies showing the healing power of forgiveness). When we don't forgive, thoughts of the painful act will cause fear in the amygdala [uh-mig-duh-luh] (the library for emotions), which causes stress chemicals, raises levels of stress hormones and increases blood pressure and heart rate. When people hold onto their anger and past trauma, the stress response stays active, making them sick mentally and physically.     Researchers using functional magnetic resonance imaging found that different parts of the brain are activated positively when people think about choosing to forgive rather than getting revenge. As we choose to forgive, the amygdala frontal cortex link (see Part Three) becomes very active, calming the amygdala, and the stress response and toxic memory that caused the unforgiveness in the first place are changed.10     It is often said that forgiveness leads to the ability to love. You cannot love if you have not really forgiven and released those who have wronged you. Scientific research proves that love is good for your health.     You can't change the past, but God's Word and science show that changing how you think about past hurt can reduce its impact on you and the resulting likelihood of stress-related illness. We change how we think through repentance and forgiveness.     The world of psychological counseling is finally realizing a lot of mental health problems people experience are caused by unforgiveness. In fact, 94% of mental health counselors feel it is appropriate to bring up the issue of forgiveness.11     Of course Jesus has been telling us to forgive for over 2,000 years.     When we forgive, we are not making excuses for someone's behavior; we are letting go of the person and letting God sort them out. It is a choice that demonstrates great courage.


John 20:23 NAS If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained."