Friday, April 27, 2007

Forgiveness

"See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." Hebrews 12:15


From Called to Obedience by Howie Dowell and Dennie Dowell Patton

A. When do you forgive? In prayer (Mark 11:25)

B. Whom do you forgive? Anyone you have anything against (Mark 11:25)

C. How are you to forgive? (Col. 3:12; Eph. 4:30-32)

1. As Christ has forgiven you.

2. Completely.

3. Repeatedly for the same sins.

D. Why do you forgive? (Matt. 6:14,15)

1. It is a command of God.

2. Your relationship with God is hindered if you do not forgive others.


1-2-3-4 Memory Outline

1. Forgive the offender, not verbally, but in prayer (Mark 11:25)

2. Grab hold of the truth that God has ordained this situation and thank God for this difficulty. (1 Cor. 10:13;1 Thess. 5:18)

3. Ask: "What is God trying to teach me?"

4. Ask: "How can I obey God in this situation? (John 14:15)

"And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. And beyond all these things, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity." Col 3:12-14

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By obeying these scriptures we can find true peace, does that mean we forget sin or ignore it? NO! But the verse above clearly states that Christ forgave us therefore we should forgive others.

Simple and yet difficult.

It is always better to obey.

4 comments:

janice said...

have I offended you in some way? is it me you are trying to forgive? JK

great reminder, thanks

Donna Boucher said...

Hi Janet,

Did I do something to offend you?
he he

This wonderful forgiveness message has blessed my life in many, many ways.

Bless you for passing it on.

Clemntine said...

I clicked over from Everyday Mommy.

What a timely and true message, and one that I need today. Thanks, and bless you.

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