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Summary: The power of forgivness to set free.

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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

<<< That is the question I propose to you tonight>>>>

If God has forgiven someone then who are you to be against them?

Condemnation pours forth from evil lips. Slander and Gossip come straight from hell’s pits. When your mouth is judgmental and mean. From with in you the enemy is seen. Satan is hovering with a dividing force. Watch out my friends for their lays your spiritual divorce. Judgment from you will have to cease for the love of God to increase. That is why I stand before you this very day. To plead with you please watch what you say.

The depth of your love for others is measured in how much you forgive.

<<<<<>>>>>>

1 John 3:11-15

11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.

I say to you who stand upon condemning words and actions you do so because of your own lives or evil. For if you loved your fellow man, you would forgive them not condemn them. Words of judgment are a prideful persons way of covering their own shortcomings.

Gal

6:1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

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The law of Christ can be summed up in this one statement in:

Matt 22:37-40

37 Jesus replied: "’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ’Love your neighbor as yourself.

To restore your brother gently means in love, in understanding and with respect the same way that you would like to be treated.

You see when you will not forgive others offences you will not be forgiven.

Matt 6:14-15

14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

It doesn’t get much plainer than that, with that in mind who here would like to hold someone else’s sin against them.

I heard a man introduce his children one day.

This is Pete. He’s the clumsy one of the bunch

That’s Kathy coming in with mud on her shoes. She’s the sloppy one.

As always Mike is last he’ll be late for his own funeral I promise you.

This dad did a through job of gluing his children to their faults and mistakes

People do it to us and those we love all the time. They remind us of our failures, our errors, our sins and they won’t let us live them down.

When we don’t let people forget their past, when we don’t forgive, we glue them to their mistakes and refuse to see them as; more than something they have done. However, when we forgive, we gently pry the doer of the hurtful deed form the deed itself, and we say that the past is just that the past and over and done with.


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