Romans 12:17-21-Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. 19Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. 20Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink…21Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
1. _________________________ the offense.
2. _________________________ what happened.
3. _________________________ even.
CHOOSING TO FORGIVE:
Ephesians 4:31-32 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
1. Receive __________________________.
I John 4:20 – We love each other because he loved us first.
2. Recognize the _____________________ of unforgiveness.
Matthew 6:15 – But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
3. Remember the _____________________________.
Ephesians 6:12 – For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
4. Do good, bless, and __________________________.
Luke 6:27-28 – “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.
5. Let God ____________________________________.
Genesis 50:20 – You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.