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Relational Reconciliation and Restoration: Gospel Forgivenes

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Stephen Johns

on 24 August 2014

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Transcript of Relational Reconciliation and Restoration: Gospel Forgivenes

What is Biblical Forgiveness?
A commitment by the offended to pardon graciously the repentant from moral liability and to be reconciled to that person, although not all consequences are necessarily eliminated.
Relational Reconciliation and Restoration: Gospel Forgiveness Applied to Daily Life
Graciously Believing
Clearly Communicating
1 Corinthians 13:7

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Revealing the Heart
Being Transparent
Luke 6:45

"The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."
Receive Restitution
Making Things Right
Luke 19:1-10
Helping with Lasting Change
Seeking to Sin No More
Luke 3:7-14
Offenses are opportunities for making the Gospel real in our life whether you are the offender or the offended.
Forgiveness and Repentance
Worldy Sorrow vs. True Repentance
2 Corinthians 7:8-11

“8 For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. 9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 11 For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.”
1. It is not about emotion
2. It is about lasting change
The Offender
The Offended
Do they minimize the sin?
Do they fault you for their sin?
Are you thinking of all Christ has forgiven you?
Are you discerning or judging out of hurt?
Don't say 'if' I hurt you.
Own the fact that the sin was yours.
Don't expect forgiveness.
The Offended
The Offender
Can they communicate the sinfulness of what they did?
Can they communicate where this violated scripture?
Whom do they blame for this sinful behavior?
Do they justify this sin?
Identify exactly what you did that was sinful.
Admit what was driving you in your sinfulness.
Admit the idolatry of your thinking.
Be willing to be questioned.
The Offended
The Offender
Don't view restitution as conditional for forgiveness
Don't treat restitution as penance to achieve your kindness.
Be willing to be transparent about the real cost of the sin.
Come with a plan for restitution.
Consider how your sin affected the person in their time, emotions, and real losses.
Do not put the primary responsibility on them.
The Offended
The Offender
Are they defensive about what they have done?
Do they treat a pattern of behavior as a one time incident?
Does their plan for change revolve around more will, more discipline, and more effort?
Recognize this as a sanctification issue.
Consider how and who can help you with the blindness of your sin.
What 'radical amputation' needs to take place?
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