Summary: This sermon shows us the results when we cut others some slack and be willing to forgive their mistakes.

"Don’t Be So Quick to Condemn!


[1] If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

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

[3] For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

[4] When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

[5] Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

[6] For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

[7] In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

[8] But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

[9] Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; [10] And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

[11] Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. [12] Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

[13] Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

[14] And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

[15] And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

[16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

[17] And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

[18] Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

[19] Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

[20] Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

[21] Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

[22] Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

[23] And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; [24] Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

[25] But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

How many want this church to grow?

Do you know what Pat & I discovered during our vacation?

The churches we visited were growing.

And there was something special there which we sensed easily.

The people had a special appreciation for one another.

Now, I believe we appreciate each other.

But far too often we disobey what the Bible says.

To truly appreciate one another,

we must learn to get rid of the negative, critical, faultfinding,

belittling, and demeaning attitudes that captivate us so easily.

The Bible says in today’s text:

"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."

Bear with one another.

It does Not say "Be a bear with one another!"

Put up with one another’s shortcomings.

Endure with Christlike tolerance the irritations others bring to us.

Patiently deal with the failures, the weaknesses of other persons.

Let me tell you a little story.

A young Army officer

was sent to the 48th Infantry near Frankfurt, Germany.

In those days, the prize weapon was a big 280-mm atomic cannon.

Guarded by infantry platoons,

these guns were hauled around the forests on trucks

to keep the Soviets from guessing their location.

One day Captain Tom Miller

assigned his platoon to guard one of the 280’s.

The young officer alerted his men,

loaded his .45 caliber pistol and jumped into his jeep.

He had not gone far when he realized that his .45 was gone.

He was petrified.

In the army, losing a weapon is serious business.

He had blown it big time!

He was in deep trouble.

Now, there are a few lessons for us in this story

which will resume in a little bit.

We all have been in a spot like that young army officer.

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