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Godliness Begins With Forgiveness

1. Read: Chapter 1 (pp. 9-11 — Banner of Truth edition).

2. What are five blessings of forgiveness?

3. What does the Hebrew word ‘forgive’ mean (p. 9)?

4.  Read Psalm 32

A. What is the blessing referenced (vv. 1-2)?

B.  How does this blessing relate to the Christian? (Rom. 4:1-8)

i.   Read Romans 3:9-26

a. Who is righteous?

b.  Who has not sinned?

c.  Who can fulfill the law’s demands?

d.  Whom does God justify (declare righteous)  (3:26)?

C.  What is the effect of not confessing one’s sin (Ps. 32:3-4)?

D.  How did David obtain relief (Ps. 32:5)?

E. What then is the characteristic of the godly – what does the godly one do (Ps. 32:6-7)?

F. What will God do for the godly (Ps. 32:8-9)?

G. How should the godly respond (Ps. 32:10-11)?

5.  What “causes” God to forgive anyone?

6. What does God take away when he forgives sin?

7.  What does forgiveness cost God? What is the price of every pardon?

8.  What is required of the human being to obtain forgiveness?

9.  Explain the difference between “qualification” and “cause” in paragraph 4 “Before sin is forgiven” (p. 10).

11. What happens to our sin when God forgives?

A.  What happiness can one truly have, when one has not obtained forgiveness from God?

B. What is the sweetness of forgiveness?

a.  What does Watson (and David) list as a benefit of forgiveness?

b.  Read Hebrews 2:11-18; 4:14-16; 5:1-3.  Why can one go to Jesus and know that he will obtain sympathy, forgiveness and help?

c. Read Romans 8: List at least five benefits which come to the one who has been forgiven.

12. Memory verse:

Psalm 32:6–7 (ESV)

                      Therefore let everyone who is godly

offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;

                        surely in the rush of great waters,

they shall not reach him.

                      You are a hiding place for me;

you preserve me from trouble;

you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah


13.  Learn the hymn “Rock of Ages”:

1.         Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

            let me hide myself in thee;

            let the water and the blood,

            from thy wounded side which flowed,

            be of sin the double cure;

            save from wrath and make me pure.


2.         Not the labors of my hands

            can fulfill thy law’s commands;

            could my zeal no respite know,

            could my tears forever flow,

            all for sin could not atone;

            thou must save, and thou alone.


3.         Nothing in my hand I bring,

            simply to the cross I cling;

            naked, come to thee for dress;

            helpless, look to thee for grace;

            foul, I to the fountain fly;

            wash me, Savior, or I die.


4.         While I draw this fleeting breath,

            when mine eyes shall close in death,

            when I soar to worlds unknown,

            see thee on thy judgment throne,

            Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

            let me hide myself in thee.


14. Compose a short prayer of thankfulness for the blessing of forgiveness.  Use Psalm 103:6-14 a basis for your meditation and prayer:

Psalm 103:6–14 (ESV)

               The Lord works righteousness

and justice for all who are oppressed.

               He made known his ways to Moses,

his acts to the people of Israel.

               The Lord is merciful and gracious,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

               He will not always chide,

nor will he keep his anger forever.

    10          He does not deal with us according to our sins,

nor repay us according to our iniquities.

    11          For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

    12          as far as the east is from the west,

so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

    13          As a father shows compassion to his children,

so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

    14          For he knows our frame;

he remembers that we are dust.