Summary: Sometimes it’s difficult to admit it when we are wrong. Sometimes it’s difficult to forgive someone who makes a mistake. This sermon uses an amusing story to illustrate how we need to exercise forgiveness.

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COLOSSIANS 3:1-15, 25

[1] If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

[2] Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

[3] For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

[4] When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

[5] Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

[6] Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,

[7] in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

[8] But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

[9] Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,

[10] and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,

[11] where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

[12] Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;

[13] bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. [14] But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. [15] And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

[25] But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.

How many want Gospel Chapel to grow?

How many think we have a great church already?

How many want it to stay that way?

O.K. Now look again at Verse 13.

The key to continued peace and happiness in this church…

Is for all of us to “Bear with one another”.

Not "Be a bear with one another!"

We all make mistakes….EVEN ME!

So what does God’s Word say we need to do…

When somebody in the church irritates us?

Put up with one another’s shortcomings.

Endure with Christlike tolerance the irritations others bring to us.

Patiently deal with the failures of the other person.

Let me illustrate that with a little story:

Carol Prior was sitting in the Midway Airport terminal

waiting to catch her flight from Chicago to New York.

She had an hour to kill…

So she went to a news stand and bought a magazine.

She stopped in a gift shop…

And bought a Chicago Cubs tea-shirt and hat for her son.

The hat and shirt were placed in a shopping bag…

And Carol began her journey back to the waiting area.

As Carol was walking back to the waiting area…

She passed a Dunkin Donuts shop.

Those donuts looked mighty tasty…

So she stopped and bought 6 donuts…

And a cup of coffee.

The waiter put the donuts in a bag…

But Carol began to drink the cup of coffee.

Returning to the airport waiting area…

Carol placed all of her sacks on the bench.

She sat down…and began to read her magazine.

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