REFRESHED Part 4: How to Release Unforgiveness
August 23, 2020
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
1. Overlook the Offense
Proverbs 12:16 (GNT)
16 When a fool is annoyed, he quickly lets it be known. Smart people will ignore an insult.
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
2. Pray for Them
break the teeth of the wicked.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
3. Understand them
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
4. Bless them
“Bless” means to speak well of
But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
1 Peter 3:9 NCV
Do not do wrong to repay a wrong, and do not insult to repay an insult. But repay with a blessing, because you yourselves were called to do this so that you might receive a blessing.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
5. Do good to them.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
…Freely you have received, freely give.
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.