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Summary: If you have a broken relationship with someone its because you have been offended or you have offended someone. This sermon gives practical help of what to do in each case.

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TEXT: Philemon; Colossians 4

TITLE: A Fresh Start…With Others - A Message of restoring broken relationships

SERIES: Fresh Start

TOPIC: Reconciliation

OCCASION: Burnside Christian Church, January 25, 2009

PROP.: It’s important that you and I be reconciled to those with whom we have broken relationships.

INTRODUCTION: ILLUSTRATION: have a bag of dog food that has been labeled: GRUDGE

Sling it over your shoulder

Good morning! There is no Jr. Church today as it’s the last Sunday of the month.

The name of the sermon series we are in is called: FRESH START

We’ve looked at getting a fresh start with:

God - a message about repentance

Myself - a message about making wise choices

Today is probably the most sensitive message in this series. It’s the message in the series that is the most difficult to hear.

Today’s title for the message is: A Fresh Start…with Others - A message about restoring Broken relationships.

AND RESTORING BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS IS GOING TO REQUIRE YOU TO FORGIVE!

I want to start by giving you four facts about forgiveness:

1. Forgiveness is a process - it doesn’t happen overnight. It will take time.

2. Forgiveness is work - it isn’t easy to forgive. It will be difficult. Why? Your pain is real.

So why would I want to forgive? If it’s going to take time and it’s going to take work, why would I want to forgive others?

Because…

3. Forgiveness is necessary - Because it’s necessary!

Let me ask you a question…How many of you have ever suffered from a broken relationship of some kind? You’ve wounded someone…or you’ve been wounded because of what someone said or what someone did and the RELATIONSHIP you had with that person has never been the same! I think we would all agree we have had broken relationships.

Now here’s the painful part: How many of you want to try to fix the broken relationship?

There are no doubt people here today who have been deeply wounded by others. The scar is deep and never has quite fully healed. And if the truth is known, there are some (maybe you) who have NO desire to fix the broken relationship. Why would you want to fix the relationship? They hurt you. You don’t need them. You’re just fine. It doesn’t bother you.

But what you fail to realize is that you’re not fine. Ignored hurt comes back to haunt you. You will never be free. Never be free from guilt. You’ll replay the scene that caused the conflict over and over in your mind.

YOU ARE BURDENED WITH THE GRUDGE YOU CARRY.

Jesus, in his loving way, invites us in this way (Matthew 11:28)

28"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Some here today are burdened by the grudge you’ve been carrying. Someone has done you wrong and you have NOT forgotten about it. Carrying that grudge affects the way you live your life. You avoid that person. You feel awkward around that person. It affects the way you worship. It robs you of joy.

ILLUSTRATION: (put down the bag of dog food)

And I’m here to tell you…put down the grudge! Allow Jesus to remove the burden of carrying around the grudge.


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