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Forgiveness Matters to the Forgiven

June 21st, 2009

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the lord will not count his sin”

(Romans 4:7-8)

Introduction: Katherine M. Piderman, Ph.D. of the Mayo Clinic staff reports the benefits of forgiveness as:  lower blood pressure; lower heart rate; reduced anxiety and depression; and, decreased chronic pain symptoms.

Of course, these are physical symptoms.  What about Romans 4:7-8?

1.       Forgiveness is meant to be ____________________.

2.       Forgiveness pertains to ________ and __________.

3.       Three reasons why forgiveness matters:

a.             __________________________________

b.             __________________________________

c.             __________________________________

Conclusion: John Donne raises the question, “Wilt thou forgive that sin, where I begun…Wilt thou forgive those sins through which I run / And do them still, though still I deplore?” Romans 4:7-8 (Abide with me…Help of the helpless O abide with me”).

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