Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Forgiving one another is not only a command, but it is needed for fellowship and unity in a local assembly.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

1. LUK 23:34 “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

MAT 7:12 “Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them,”

Pres-mid-part – anerchomenoi = to bear with, put up with, tolerate, or to have patience with someone.

Middle voice – the believer produces the action of the verb but it actually benefits “self” more than it benefits others.

Forgiving – pres-mid-part – charizomenoi = to graciously forgive, to pardon, release from payment, give up resentment, excuse a guilty party, to forget an offense in the sense of never bringing it up again not even to discuss it!

“Graciously forgive” – middle voice = the believer produces the action of the verb which actually benefits “self” more than it benefits others.

Personal pronoun heautois – each other = a dative of advantage; it is to your advantage to do the forgiving.

MAT 7:12 “Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them,”

“Forgiving each other” – pres-mid-part = the believer produces the action of the verb which actually benefits “self” more than it benefits others.

Believers are commanded to forgive one another with an imperative mood, EPH 4:32, the participle is used with an imperative verb making it an imperative participle.

Forgiving one another is not only a command, but it is needed for fellowship and unity in a local assembly.

ROM 12:19 Beloved, do not take your own revenge, but defer to the wrath of God. For it stands written
[DEU 32:35], “Vengeance is mine; I will repay,” saith the Lord.

Failure to forgive means no production of divine good.

If you do not forgive others, you cannot be filled with the Spirit and therefore everything that you do will be rejected by the Lord no matter how good it may appear overtly.

We are benefited by forgiving others, so that our prayers will be heard.

MAT 6:14-15 For if you forgive men for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

MAR 11:25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your transgressions.

Lack of forgiveness advances Satan’s kingdom and takes the believer away from the PPOG.

2TH 3:14 And if anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that man and do not associate with him, so that he may be put to shame.

Satan loves to cause divisions in local assemblies and he does so by accusing believers of sin so that those who have a trend toward legalism will not forgive the ones who have sinned.

Forgive – charizomai = to graciously forgive, graciously pardon, and to freely give grace with no conditions.

A lack of forgiveness can produce sorrow in others, verses 5-7.

LUK 7:47 For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.

Healing take place through forgiveness.

People of the world naturally want to be in charge. Henley – “I’m the master of my fate, I’m the captain of my soul”

MAR 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

There is your relationship to TLJC. Then there is your relationship with others.

1. All power comes from God. 2. All praise goes back to God.

“To dwell above with saints we love, Oh that would be glory, but to live below with saints we know, well that’s another story.”

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