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Sabbath 8/12/17 Seventh Day Baptist Edgewater, FL  Pastor Keith sermon “Forgiveness” Matthew 18:21-35


Have you ever felt wronged by someone or being taken advantaged of? Most of us have had times when we were angry at someone for what they did to us. We must practice forgiveness to them. I’m not saying to continue to be a door mat for somebody by letting them keep abusing you. But we must know how to forgive. We don’t want to keep anger in us until we are boxed in by the lines being drawn between us. The chalk lines of “we are not going to speak to them ever again”. The chalk lines are marked around us until we are boxed in. Jesus said we are to knock down all barriers between us and others. He said as a Christian, we have given up the opportunity to do revenge on them or to keep the anger inside of us.

In our scripture text, Jesus said we are to forgive people 7 times 70 times. Then Jesus told the story of a Master forgiving his servant a debt of ten thousand talents, which in our money would be 10 million dollars. Now this forgiven servant had a friend who owed him in our money, one thousand six hundred dollars. He would not forgive his friend the debt but instead had him thrown in jail for the $1,600 owed. The Master, once he heard of this, was angry because he had not forgiven the man so the wicked servant was thrown into jail till he repaid the 10 million dollars he owed. Jesus said this is what God the Father will do to us if we don’t forgive other people.

***What We Are To Do***

1)   Forgive others as God has forgiven us.
We have been forgiven so forgive others.

2)   Failure to forgive blocks the flow of God’s blessings
Unforgiveness in our hearts will block God’s blessings. We will miss the great things He has for us. Don’t try to get revenge on them but let God do it himself. People always think they need to help God out when doing something. God does not need our help!!

3)   Remember the 7 x70 times Jesus said to forgive people.

4)   Remember the 10 million dollars. 
This is what God has done for you and me.  Remember the little $1,600 that they owe you.

5)   Remember God’s mercy and repent of your unforgiveness and anger.

6)   Pray to God.
Pray without ceasing to God and walk in Faith with the Lord. Pray for the person who hurt and abused us. The Bible says to pray for your enemies.

7)   Make the first move to show forgiveness.
When Jesus was on the cross, He asked God to forgive the people who were killing Him. Jesus showed us forgiveness. May the Lord help us to forgive others who are indebted to us or who may have done us wrong.

AMEN

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Miz KJV Only, “Grace and peace be to you”!!

Many people have entered this sanctuary with deep respect; they read the sermon in silence and left without to say a word. I hop not disturbing the silence of this sanctuary with my post…

My apparition here was a great surprise to you, but not be afraid of me… I’m a good boy!... Let me explain why I’m here: I think every sermon has to be considered only a beginning; we have to continue and enlarge it at home for our growth in Christ. I came here to give an example in this regard. Your topic is very important because it is a matter of life and death.
 
OUR WORLD
Look at the world around us today:
 
•   Much pain and suffering as result directly from a lack of forgiveness.
•   Make a list of either international conflicts, domestic conflicts, or personal conflicts and violence you can trace directly back to one side's unwillingness to forgive the other. 
•   Our world is filled with hurt and offended people. Many are hurt, or offended, even by those whom they love the most.
•   It is easy to offend; it is even easier to be offended. What's not so easy is to forgive. Sometimes we have been so thoroughly hurt, so unfairly treated, so grossly misused and misjudged that forgiveness seems impossible, if not outrageously unfair and unjust.
•   You forgive them when they insult you, when they cheat you, when they hurt you or someone you love. True forgiveness is often before restitution, prior to amends. You forgive, whether or not the offense is, or ever could be, rectified by the offender. This isn't fairness, this isn't justice — this is forgiveness.

WHY DOES, OR SHOULD, A CHRISTIAN FORGIVE?

Mar 11:25 KJV - And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Luke 17:3 KJV - Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

Col 3:13 KJV - Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also [do] ye.

Mat 6:14 KJV - For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Luke 6:37 KJV - Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.

Luke 23:34 KJV - Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

We can find in the Bible numerous reasons to forgive.

•   We are commanded to;
•   Jesus, as our example, forgave;
•   we are even told that if we don't forgive others, we ourselves don't deserve to be forgiven by God.

Yet, none of this goes to the root of the question, Why forgive others? We need to be forgiven by God in order to be spared condemnation at the end of the age; that's clear. But what purpose does God have in wanting us to forgive others? What reasons exist for God's asking us to do something that at times can be very hard?

•   By forgiving, we help ourselves; We get free from anger and rage and hatred that can destroy our health and our lives.
•   By forgiving, we are manifesting the character of God to the others; in short, we are witnesses to the world of the kind of God we serve.
•   By forgiving, we help break the cycle of hatred, revenge, and often violence that does so much damage to the world. In other words, by forgiving, we help make the world a better place. Imagine what this planet would be like if everyone learned to forgive everyone else.

Of course, it's one thing to say that we should forgive; it's another to do it. Many people have suffered terrible indignities by those who have shown no remorse or sorrow for what they have done.
 
HOW TO FORGEVE

As Christians, we are to forgive, but many times that isn't easy. How are we to learn to forgive? There's only one answer: It's called GRACE. We can learn to forgive only by understanding how we, ourselves, have been forgiven. The grace that forgave us is the same grace that can lead us to forgive others. Grace? Yes, we need to grow in grace, but do you know how?

 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” - Gal 2:20 KJV.

“Christ lives in me”!... Think about it: When Jesus came in our world, He forgave many sinners. Now, if He lives in my heart through the Holy Spirit, Jesus sometimes will forgive sinners, too, but on this time THROUGH me…

”Abide in me, and I in you.[/b] As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me {in you} ye can do NOTHING”. - John 15:4-5 KJV {In another words, Jesus said: It is not possible to love and forgive your enemies, if I don’t abide in you. !!!}. He said: Without it “ye can do NOTHING”!...

“Jesus in me” and “I in Jesus” represent the same experience. See John 15:4.5; {comp. John 17:21; John 14:10.11}.“To be in Jesus” is a daily intimate relation with Jesus.

“Jesus abiding in me” is the secret of any spiritual victory.  “Christ [abiding] in you, [is] the hope of Glory”! Col. 1:27.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk…. after the Spirit” Rom. 8:1 (Read also v. 9. 4. 5. 6. 13. 14). In conclusion, these experiences {“Christ in us” or “we in Him” and the infilling with the Holy Spirit} are our greatest and urgent needs… NO CONDEMNATION! – How is it possible? (1) If we are “in Jesus” and (2) if we have the Holy Spirit and walk according to His impulses. In conclusion, we have here some topics for personal further study…

FORGIVING OUR ENEMIES – HOW?

The ideal of Christian forgiveness is illustrated in one of the classics that came out of World War II. In Ernest Gordon's amazing story, Miracle on the River Kwai, [look for it on internet] he tells how he was captured while escaping from Sumatra, after the fall of Singapore. With other prisoners of war, he was marched into the jungle to build the notorious bridge on the river Kwai. Here a miracle of GRACE took place. The HOLY SPIRIT replaced hatred for their enemies with compassion, as is illustrated by this episode:

"We were shunted on to a siding for a lengthy stay. We found ourselves on the same track with several carloads of Japanese wounded. They were on their own and without medical care. .

"They were in a shocking state; I have never seen men filthier. Their uniforms were encrusted with mud, blood and excrement. Their wounds, sorely inflamed and full of pus, crawled with maggots. .

"The wounded men looked at us forlornly as they sat with their heads resting against the carriages waiting fatalistically for death. .

"Without a word, most of the officers in my section unbuckled their packs, took out part of their ration and a rag or two, and, with water canteens in their hands, went over to the Japanese train to help them. Our guards — tried to prevent us, bawling, 'No goodka! No goodka!' But we ignored them and knelt by the side of the enemy to give them food and water, to clean and — bind up their wounds, to smile and say a kind word. Grateful cries of 'Arigatto!' ('Thank you!') followed us when we left." — Ernest Gordon, Miracle on the River Kwai (London: Wm. Collins Sons & Co., Ltd., 1963), pp. 162, 163.

Ernest Gordon regarded his comrades with wonder. Eighteen months ago they would have joined readily in the destruction of their captors had they fallen into their hands. "Now these same were dressing the enemy's wounds. We had experienced a moment of grace, there in those blood-stained railway cars. God had broken through the barriers of our prejudice and had given us the will to obey His command, 'Thou shalt love.' . . .

"God, we saw, was honouring us by allowing us to share in His labours. . . for the world He loves." — Ernest Gordon, pp. 163, 164. 


 

     
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