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Summary: Years ago, before there was a treatment for rabies, a man was bitten by a rabid dog and he went to the hospital with his injury. The tests were conclusive, he had rabies & there was nothing that could be done.

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Healing (and Dealing) With Broken Relationships

(Inspired by chapter eight in David Jeremiah’s “Slaying The Giants in Your Life”)

Modern Family of God Series (February Family Month)

February 22, 2015 CFBC Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker

Introduction:

A Years ago, before there was a treatment for rabies, a man was bitten by a rabid dog and he went to the hospital with his injury.

1 The tests were conclusive, he had rabies & there was nothing that could be done.

a The attending physician told the man that nothing could be done & his advice was to put his affairs in order as soon as possible.

aa The man was shocked, taken back, but eventually asked for a pen & paper and begin writing furiously.

bb An hour later, the doctor returned and the man’s pen was still writing: the doctor said, “W ell, it’s good to see you took my advice. . . I take it your writing your will.”

cc “This ain’t no will, Doc. It’s a list of people I plan on bittin’ before I die.”

b It has been observed that some snakes, rattlers in particular, will actually strike at themselves if they become cornered and angry.

aa One devotional writer made this correlation: “That is exactly what all harboring of hates and resentments against others is—a biting of oneself."

bb "We think we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deepest harm is to ourselves; for many times these Resentments are dropped in the unconscious, the lid is shut down on them, and there they work their unconscious havoc. Unconscious Resentments are often just as potent for disruption as conscious ones.”

2 Resentful, hurt people are those who have been bitten and then channel their energy into snapping at others (we’re all guilty and we’re typically most guilty towards family members).

a Resentment makes us permanently angry, it carves deep lines on our faces. . . adds heaviness to our steps . . . takes energy to maintain.

b This is no way for the people of God live.

B The word “resentment” is not found in the Bible, but the idea/meaning of it is in its pages.

1 1 Cor. 13 (classic love chapter used at thousands of weddings every weekend), Paul describes love (agape flavored) like this, “love . . . does not take into account wrong suffered.”

1 Corinthians 13:5 (NASB) 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

a “account” is a book keeping term; means to calculate or reckon.

aa It has the meaning of a bookkeeper writing in permanent ink in her ledger inventory, sales, credits, debits.

bb If you’re an accountant, have your house on a budget . . . good record keeping is a must . . . but there are some records we’d rather not see in the books.

b Romans 4:8 (NASB) 8 "BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT."

“Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account” (Emphasis mine).

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