Wrestling with Forgiveness Part 2


“Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

  • Paul, Philemon and Onesimus show us how the gospel changes lives and changes our relationships.
    • As a result of the work of God in the life of Onesimus Paul was convinced that he was a changed man who should be graciously received back into the life of Philemon.  Verses 10-11, 16
    • Because Paul had observed the godly testimony of Philemon he had confidence to ask him to forgive the offenses of Onesimus.  Verses1-9, 17-21
    • The salvation of Onesimus resulted in Paul humbly encouraging Philemon to forgive him and reconcile with him as a brother in the Lord. Verses 12-16

Main Idea:  The power of the gospel makes it possible for us to forgive one another and to be reconciled to one another.


Colossians 3:11-14

11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.


Ephesians 4:32

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.




  • How are you doing in choosing to forgive those who have wounded you?
  • How are you doing in pursuing a deep, abiding relationship with Christ?
  • How are you doing in helping bring people together?
  • How are you doing in practicing forgiveness with your family, friends and church family?