Family Fundamentals – Part 2 “Forgiveness”
Family Fundamentals – Part 2
Getting these four words “right” is fundamental to both ______________ and ______________ success.
No family gets it right _________ of the time.
God reveals Himself to us in the context of a _____________ relationship.
Our first word was ___________________ which to me implies a ________________. 2 Corinthians 1:21-22
21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Our second fundamental word is ___________________.
___________________ is vital because of all our _______________ __________.
Is Forgiveness an Important Part of Your Family?
The Parable of the Lost Son
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
Ask the question “What If?” from a ________________ perspective instead of a ________________ perspective.
The ___________ (vs 21)
When you are the one who has offended, the most fundamental thing you can do is ___________ to be forgiven.
The son emphasizes the _____________ relationship during the “ask”.
He knows he doesn’t ______________to be forgiven but he knows his father has a ______________ to forgive him.
A genuine “ask” has no __________________.
The __________________ (vs 22-24)
The father _____________ the son to his family position.
The ________________ behind the answer is very important.
Do you _____________ to forgive and restore?
When you ask you might not get the _____________ you want but you will _____________ the God you serve.
Are you ________________ the ask, even ________________ for the ask?