“HOW TO BE A FORGIVING CHRISTIAN”CONCLUSION!

Colossians 3;12-16.
 
III. JESUS FOCUSED ON THE PRINCIPLE OF SIN NOT THE PERSON OF THE SINNER.
 
Don’t focus on the one that hurt you. Anger with sin is directed to a person.
 
Anger without sin is directed at the principle of sin. How can you tell the difference?
 
A. In principle you see the sin against Christ.
B. In person you take it personally
 
David focused on God not Goliath. You can know if you look at your honor rather than Jesus’ Honor.
 
IV. HE FOCUSED ON GOD’S PLAN NOT HIS PAIN.
 
See God’s higher purpose for allowing your pain.
 
Jesus on cross: by bleeding He saw God’s higher purpose. He saw with spiritual vision, to destroy Satan. “He doeth all things well.”
 
Don’t you dare think God doesn’t love you because he left your presence.
 
See 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. Don’t fail to see the Grace of God. Praise Him for it; He allowed your suffering to comfort you so you could comfort others. You can go on and be bitter, and you children turn bitter and pay. Or, decide to be comforted to comfort others, forgiven so you can forgive others.
 
Forgive all bitterness and get it out of your heart and mind. Then you too will experience what David did.
Are you a forgiving Christian?

“HOW TO BE A FORGIVING CHRISTIAN” PART 2.

Jesus left us a model and method. How?
 
I. BY SUFFERING FOR OTHERS VERSES 13 John 15:18-20.
 
Sometimes we are called upon to suffer; we suffer because of others.
 
1 John 3:16, opposite of John 3:16:
 
“Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.”
 
You have been hurt and abused by others and have become a victim. The response: forgive. But, there is no greater victim than Jesus.
 
II. BY PRAYING FOR HIS ENEMIES Matthew 5:11-12
 
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
His Ingredients to prayer were:
 
A. He appealed to God on their behalf. Hebrews 4:14-16
 
B. He understands our pain … He has been there.
 
C. He focused on their weakness not wickedness. Acts 3:14-17, 1Timothy 1:12-13.
 
D. He desired restoration, not retaliation. He could have called 12 Legions of angels. What do you really want to do to the one that hurt you?
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

HOW TO BE A FORGIVING CHRISTIAN!

Colossians 3:12-15
God can forgive man’s sins only because Jesus has paid the penalty for them (Ephesians 1:7; 4:32; Acts 13:38).
Forgiveness of sins is part of the blessings Christians receive from God in Christ (Acts 26:18).
Christians have been forgiven of all sins (Psalm 103:3; 130:4; Jeremiah 31:34; 36:3; Acts 5:31; 13:38; 26:18; Romans 4:7; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; 2:13; 1 John 2:12), and we are to forgive others (Luke. 6:37; 2 Corinthians 2:7,10; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13).
FORGIVENESS
The act of excusing or pardoning another in spite of his slights, shortcomings, and errors. As a theological term, forgiveness refers to God’s pardon of the sins of human beings.
No religious book except the Bible teaches that God completely forgives sin Psalm 51:1,9; Isaiah 38:17; Hebrews 10:17. The initiative comes from Him John 3:16; Colossians 2:13 because He is ready to forgive Luke 15:11-32. He is a God of grace and pardon Nehemiah 9:17; Daniel 9:9. P.C. Bible
Forgiveness: Charizomai: To be gracious, and pardon a person who has wronged us. Here is a test: Some questions?
1. Can I thank God for the person who hurt me or for the lesson I learned in pain?
2. Can I thank God and thank Him for it?
3. Have I accepted my part of blame?
4. Can I face it and revisit the scene without bitterness?
5. Can I reward the one who hurt me?
These are important questions. The need and art of forgiveness is more real today than ever. As Christ forgave; so must we.

“HOW THE BIBLE AFFECTS US” CONCLUSION!

Read Psalm 119:25-40 for the last time.
 
IV. THE BIBLE WILL REFORM (ENLARGE) YOUR HEART VERSE 32.
 
A. It brings blessings Ephesian 1.
B. It brings repentance of sin 2 Kings 22:8-20. Where King Josiah changed his life when he discovered the Book.
C. It reminds us of our duties Nehemiah 8:12-13.
D. It produces reformation Nehemiah 13:1-3.
E. It comforts at the return of Jesus Christ. Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”
 
NOW, HOW DOES THE BIBLE AFFECT YOU?
 
A. Is it RESPONSIVE? Exodus 24:7.
B. Is it REJECTION? Jeremiah 36:21-28.
C. Is it REBELLION? Luke 4:16-30.
D. Is it to RECEIVE more light? Acts 8:29-35.
E. Does it cause you to RESEARCH Acts 17:10-11.
 
The Bible truly does effect us – How does it effect you?

“HOW THE BIBLE AFFECTS US” PART 2.

Psalm 119:25-40.
 
Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” But look at verses 20-22, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”
 
Read Matthew 12:34-37.
 
One of David’s mighty men “clave his hand to the sword.” Hezekiah clave to The Lord.
 
We need to cleave to His Word and hide it in the heart, “for out of the heart are the issues (boundaries, outgoing of life.”
 
In these verses we as David can learn several important lessons:
 
I. THE BIBLE WILL REVIVE YOUR SOUL VERSE 25.
 
A. It brings zeal back into your life. God knows we need it.
B. It stirs your soul with fire.
 
II. THE BIBLE WILL RESTORE YOUR INNER STRENGTH VERSE 28.
 
A. It will remove the lying spirit verse 29a.
B. It will reestablish your inner values.
 
III. THE BIBLE REINFORCES (GUIDES) IN ALL TRUTH VERSE 30.
 
A. You cannot be separated from truth, why? I am stuck to, to catch, to follow close, to be joined together verse 31a.
B. It keeps you from shameful sin verse 31b.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW THE BIBLE AFFECTS US!”

Psalm 119:25-40, verses 33-40 text.
 
It is my belief that every Christian must understand these principles.
 
Spurgeon said that this one chapter equally excels in breath of thought, depth of meaning, height of fervor as any 22 Psalms. It is alphabetical in style and I have always believed that its author is David, because it has his style.
 
This song has the letter ‘D’ and it sings of depression, but in the spirit of devotion, determination and dependence. Each letter has eight verses times twenty-two = 176 total verses.
 
Look at verse 25: cleaveth – Hebrew: joined, adhered to, glued to and hold fast to. Dust – Hebrew: Earth or worldly things. Quicken – Hebrew: Save me alive or restore me to life. Quicken occurs nine times and only in Psalm 119. The Psalmist recognizes that the only way for him to enlarge his heart (verse 32) is through the Word of God.
 
His sense of devotion, determination and dependence leads him to pray verses 33-40 our text verses.
 
We have said much about the Word of God in recent weeks and the fact that you will never be a good Christian if you are not in the Book. We said that everything God does all He does through His Word. God always does everything by His Word. You will have to do it that way as well.
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“THE MEANING OF WICKEDNESS” CONCLUSION!

Review Saturday’s lesson.

Some of the character traits of wickedness include:

A. Abominable– Revelation 21:8, But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

B. Destructive– Isaiah 59:7, “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

C. Boastful– Psalm 10:4, The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.”

D. Blinded– 2 Corinthians 4:4, In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

E. Covetous– Romans 1:29, “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,”

F. Blasphemes– Luke 22:65, “And many other things blasphemously spake they against him.”

G. Deceitful– Roman 3:13, Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:”

III. The Application 

I found that Jeremiah faced a wicked and rebellious people in 2:19, Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts.”

He reprimands them for Idolatry and wickedness in verse 7, And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.”