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  • “You Shall Know The Truth And The Truth Shall Set You Free!”

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“You Shall Know The Truth And The Truth Shall Set You Free! - To Forgive Or Not To Forgive!"

05-20-2018   Part 9   

Let’s return back to a subject and a topic that we started back in February 2018.

And our subject is entitled, “You Shall Know The Truth And The Truth Shall Set You Free!”

And our topic since February & March Of 2018 was entitled, “To Forgive Or Not To Forgive!”

Also, remember we took a break from this topic in the Month of April 2018 in celebration of the Resurrection/Easter season.

As we focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, not only His Resurrection, but His Second Coming and His rule and reign.

Also, in the first Sunday of May we had a Guest Speaker.

And then on the second Sunday in May was Mother’s Day, and I shared a special message to us as parents.

But this morning with God’s help we want to restart this important topic about Forgiveness and Unforgiveness.

Let me share with you a good illustration about the damage and the harm we do to ourselves when we choose unforgiveness over forgiveness!

Because, when we do not forgive it is like holding a very red-hot iron bar in your hands.                                      And thinking by withholding it from the other person you are hurting them.

But actually, you are causing damage and pain unto yourself and not the other person.                                        Because you are still holding on to it!                                                                                                                       Or, unforgiveness is like drinking poison, hoping that the other person that you will not forgive, will die!

So, then this morning, let’s consider another area that will help us, so that we can forgive anyone of anything, no matter how big or small!

Because, unfortunately, people that we know and love, and even acquaintances or strangers may say or do things that will disappoint or bother us! That can hurt or offend us!

That may anger or upset us!  That could cause problems or difficulties for us!

Therefore, with God’s help, you and I must frequently and regularly let Biblical forgiveness be our immediate response that will control us, that can change us, and that will enable us not to seek revenge or to display a bad or negative attitude in any situation.

However, in order for you and I to succeed and have the victory, we are going to have to deal with and overcome our Pharisee mentality.

Let me share briefly about the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, that maybe in some cases true about you and me today!

For example, the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, were outwardly religious and sanctimonious, and yet they were hypocrites according to Jesus!

See Matthew 23:                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 27.  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but, are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.                             Vs. 28.  Even so, ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Listen, the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, were outwardly religious and sanctimonious, and yet, they were hypocrites according to Jesus!

Question.  Could that be true about you and me today?                                                                                       We are outwardly religious and sanctimonious especially on Sundays!

Yet, could Jesus call you and me a hypocrite based on the things we say and do throughout the week?

Next, the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, were self-righteous and felt morally superior to others.

See Matthew 23: 5-7.  See Luke 18: 11&12 .                                                                                                          Questions.  Could that be true about you and me today?                                                                                      Do we feel self-righteous and morally superior to others?                                                                                          Yet, could Jesus call you and me a hypocrite based on the things we say and do throughout the week?

Next, the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, were prideful, self-centered, very narcissistic.

See again Matthew 23: 5-7.                                                                                                                                Questions.  Could that be true about you and me today?                                                                                     Are we prideful, self-centered, or narcissistic?                                                                                                         Could Jesus call you and me a hypocrite based on the things we say and do when it comes to this area?

Next, the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, were highly intolerant of anyone else outside their group.                                They were very judgmental and condemning of anyone else outside their group, very sectarian.

See Matthew 23: 4&13.                                                                                                                                        Questions. Could that be true about you and me today?                                                                                      Are we intolerant of anyone? Are we judgmental and condemning of anyone else outside our group, or our circle?                                                                                                                                                                          Could Jesus call you and me a hypocrite based on the things we say and do when it comes to this area?

Next, the Pharisees of Jesus’ day were constantly operating in the flesh.

Again, see Matthew 23: 5-7.                                                                                                                                  Questions. Could that be true about you and me today?                                                                                      Are we constantly operating in the flesh?                                                                                                            Could Jesus call you and me a hypocrite based on the things we say and do when it comes to this area?

Lastly, the Pharisees of Jesus’ day, had only a few who truly knew the LORD, because unfortunately many did not.

Question. Could that be true about you and me today?                                                                                      That only a few truly know the LORD, and unfortunately many do not?                     

But, there is another way our Pharisee mentality can affect whether or not we will forgive or not forgive!            See St. John 8:                                                                                                                                                              Vs. 1.  But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.                                                                                                         Vs. 2.  Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.                                                                                                                                              Vs. 3.  Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst,                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 4.  they said to Him, Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.                                              Vs. 5.  Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned.  But what do You say?                      Vs. 6.  This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him.  But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.                                              Vs. 7.  So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.                                                                                                            Vs. 8.  And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.                                                                             Vs. 9.  Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last.  And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.                                Vs. 10.  When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?                                                                                            Vs. 11.  She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

Listen, another way our Pharisee mentality can affect whether or not we will forgive or not forgive, is when we let our own self-righteousness, or our feelings of moral superiority, which blind us to the facts about ourselves, and about others.

For example, our own self-righteousness can blind us to the facts about ourselves!

Now again, notice vs. 5.                                                                                                                                            The Pharisees are speaking, “Now, Moses in the Law, commanded us that such person should be stoned. But what do You say?”

And also, see Matthew 5: 27&28.                                                                                                                             Vs. 27.  You have heard that it was said to those of old, you shall not commit adultery.                                          Vs. 28.  But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Next, the way our Pharisee mentality can affect whether or not we will forgive or not forgive, is when we let our own feelings of moral superiority blind us to the facts about ourselves.

The Pharisees are speaking, vs. 4.  They said to Him, Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.                                                                                                                                                                               Vs. 5.  Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?                      Vs. 6.  This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him.                                  Vs. 7.  So when they continued asking Him, Jesus raised Himself up and said to them, he who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.                                                                                                            Vs. 9.  Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last.  And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

And lastly, the way our Pharisee mentality can affect whether or not we will forgive or not forgive, is when we Let our own self-righteousness, or our feelings of moral superiority, blind us to the facts about others.                Vs. 10.  When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?                                                                                            Vs. 11.  She said, "No one, Lord."  And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

05-27-2018   Part 10   

Let’s return back to our current topic, “To Forgive Or Not To Forgive!”

And this morning we are considering one of the most important Biblical areas that will help us so that we can forgive anyone of anything, no matter how big or small!

Because unfortunately, people that we know and love, and even acquaintances or strangers may say or do things, that will disappoint or bother us!                                                                                                                That can hurt or offend us!                                                                                                                                      That may anger or upset us!                                                                                                                                   That could cause problems or difficulties for us!                                                                                                 And, therefore with God’s help, you and I must frequently and regularly let Biblical forgiveness be our immediate response that will control us.                                                                                                                  That can change us.

And that will enable us not to seek revenge or to display a bad or negative attitude in any situation.

However, in order for you and I to succeed and have the victory, we are going to have to deal with and overcome our Pharisee mentality.

And last Sunday in Matthew 23, and in St. John 8: 1-11, our Lord Jesus helped us to recognize and repent from the mentality that existed in the Pharisees of His day.

And that still continues in our day, unfortunately among many of us as His followers!

Now, here in St. John 8: 1-11, Jesus exposed the mentality that existed in the Pharisees of His day, when it came to operating in unforgiveness.

Because they let their own self-righteousness, and their feelings of moral superiority, blind them about the facts concerning themselves!

Show you what I mean!

Now, the Pharisees are speaking in vs. 4.  They said to Jesus, Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.                                                                                                                                                                Vs. 5.  Now Moses, in the Law, commanded us that such should be stoned.  But what do you say?                 Vs. 6.  But this, they said, testing Jesus so that they might have something of which to accuse Him.

Notice their fault finding of the woman and of Jesus!                                                                                             Vs. 4.  They said to Jesus, Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.                                        Vs. 6.  And this, they said, testing Jesus so that they might have something of which to accuse Him!

Now, notice their lack of mercy and forgiveness towards this woman who had sinned!                                          Vs 3.  Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery.  And when they had set her in the midst.  A public rebuke!

And lastly, notice their readiness to condemn and execute her!                                                                            Vs 5.  Now, Moses in the Law, commanded us that such should be stoned.

Listen, this is why the words of Jesus in vs. 7, to the Pharisees and to us today, is so powerful and so personal.

Notice vs. 7.  So, when they continued asking Him, Jesus raised Himself up and said to them, “The one who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her!”

So, what does all of this have to do with forgiveness and unforgiveness?

Listen, with God's help, when I can finally understand.                                                                                            When I can come to accept that the person,                                                                                                            Or, persons that have hurt me, that have done me wrong, or that have sinned against me that we are both equal!  That is, we are both imperfect sinners who need God’s mercy and forgiveness all the time because Roman 3:23 says, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God! 

But someone may say, “But I was the one that was victimized!”                                                                              “I was the one that was hurt!”                                                                                                                                      “I was the one that was wronged!”                                                                                                                              “I was the one whom they sinned against!”

Yet, my question to you and I is, have we ever victimized someone?                                                                   Or, have we at some point, or at some time ever hurt someone?                                                                       Have you and I at some point, or at some time, ever wronged someone?                                                           Have you at some point, or at some time ever sinned against anyone?

Remember, Romans 3:23.  It is true, we all have sin and come short of the glory of God, at some time!  Against someone!  Even when it comes to God Himself we have all sinned!

And, if we have a Pharisee mentality that, easily sees the faults of others, and not our own.

Or, that can feels justified withholding God’s mercy and forgiveness to someone who needs it from us.              Or, if we are always ready to stone someone.  That is to hurt or, to harm them because of what they have done!  Or, to pay them back, or to get them back for what they have done!

That’s when, the words of Jesus in vs. 7, are so powerful and very personal to you and me.

Notice vs. 7.   So, when Pharisees continued asking Him, Jesus raised Himself up and said to them, “The one who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her!”

Finally, there is one more way our Pharisee mentality will affect whether or not we will forgive or not forgive, is when we let our own self-righteousness, or our feelings of moral superiority, blind us to the brokenness in others.

Notice vs. 10.  When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman.      Jesus said to her, woman, where are those accusers of yours?  Has no one condemned you?                                                            Vs. 11.  And the woman said, "No one Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

Listen, a Pharisee mentality will always blind you and me to the brokenness in others.

Therefore, always remember as a committed follower of Jesus Christ your goal, your responsibility is to be Christ-like!

Listen, always try to look beyond the faults, the sinfulness of the person who needs forgiveness.  And with God’s help, see the need, the brokenness, that the LORD may want you to minister unto!                                 By Intercessory Prayer.                                                                                                                                              By walking in the Fruit of the Spirit and not operating in the flesh.                                                                            By imitating our Lord Jesus in detecting and ministering to the brokenness in a person that He was dealing with!

For example, see St. John 4: 16-18.                                                                                                                              Vs. 16.  Jesus said to the un-named Samaritan woman, “Go call your husband to come here!”                              Vs. 17.  The woman answered and said to Jesus, “I have no husband.”     And Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband!                                                                                                                                           Vs. 18.  For you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; so then, you spoke truthfully!”

Also, see Mark 2: 16&17.                                                                                                                                             Vs. 16.  And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?”                                                  Vs. 17.  When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

06-03-2018   Part 11   

And this morning let’s consider again a Biblical approach that will help us, so that we can forgive anyone of anything, no matter how big or small!

Because unfortunately, people that we know and love, and even acquaintances or strangers may say or do things, that will disappoint or bother us!                                                                                                                That can hurt or offend us!                                                                                                                                      That may anger or upset us!                                                                                                                                   That could cause problems or difficulties for us!                                                                                                  And therefore, with God’s help you and I must frequently and regularly let Biblical forgiveness be our immediate response that will control us.                                                                                                               That can change us.                                                                                                                                                And that will enable us not to seek revenge or to display a bad or negative attitude in any situation.

However, in order for you and I to succeed and have the victory, we are going to have to deal with and overcome our Pharisee mentality.

And for the last couple of Sundays back in May, the LORD has been helping us to recognize and repent from the mentality that existed in the Pharisees of Jesus’ day.                                                                                            And that still continues in our day unfortunately among many of us as His followers!

Now, here in St. Luke 18: 10-14, Jesus exposed the mentality that existed in the Pharisees of His day that made it possible for them to operate in unforgiveness towards others.

Because they let their own self-righteousness, and their feelings of moral superiority, blind them about the facts concerning themselves!

Show you what I mean!                                                                                                                                            See Luke 18: 10-14.                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 10.  Two men went up to the Temple to pray.   One, A Pharisee and the other a Tax Collector.                        Vs. 11.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.                                                                                 Vs. 12.  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.  Amen! And He was done Praying!                          Vs. 13.  But the Tax Collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to Heaven, but beat his chest saying, God, be merciful to me a sinner!                                                                                                        Vs. 14.  Then Jesus said, I tell you this man (the Tax Collector), went down to his house justified by God rather than the Pharisee.  Wow!  Why Is That?                                                                                                                  For everyone who exalts themselves will be humbled, and the one who humbles them self will be exalted.

Listen, if we have a Pharisee mentality like this and also that, easily sees the faults of others, and not our own.

That can feel justified withholding God’s mercy and forgiveness to someone who needs it from us.

Or, if we are always ready to stone someone, that is to hurt or, to harm them in some way.  Or, to pay them back!  Or, to get them back!

Then it is only with God’s help can we be changed and be fully committed in dealing with and overcome our own Pharisee mentality!

Turn to Galatians 5:

Listen, if you and I really want to get serious about this matter and be an overcomer concerning our Pharisee mentality!

Then it is imperative that God the Holy Spirit Who indwells all true Believers.        It is imperative that He would enable us to recognize these tendencies that comes from within, and is a part of our flesh, or our fallen sinful nature that we inherited from Adam.

Therefore, we must submit to, and rely on, and be filled with the Holy Spirit, in order to effectively deal with and overcome our own Pharisee mentality!

Show you what I mean!                                                                                                                                           Now listen, these 14 verses here in Galatians 5: are the answers to our dilemma.

Let’s first notice Galatians 5: 13-15, & 26.                                                                                                                Where we have God’s admonishment or warning on how our flesh, or our fallen sinful nature that we received from Adam.

How our flesh will take advantage of us and will cause us to take advantage of others!

Notice vs. 13.  For you brethren have been called to liberty or freedom in Christ.                                    However, do not use this liberty or freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but by love, Agape love, we are to serve one another.                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 14.  Because all the Law is fulfilled in one statement, even in this: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.                                                                                                                                                                       Vs. 15.  However, if you bite and devour one another, then beware lest you be consumed by one another!        Vs. 26.  Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, nor envying one another.

And again, we have here God’s admonishment or warning on how our flesh, or our fallen sinful nature that we have receive from Adam.

How our flesh will take advantage of us and will cause us to advantage of others!

Next, here in Galatians 5: 19-21, we have the flesh or our fallen sinful nature that we received from Adam.

We have the flesh as the cause of every sinful act, practice or lifestyle.  Of every sinful idea, desire, or intent.

Notice vs. 19.  Now the works of the flesh are evident which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,  Vs. 20.  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,                                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 21.  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries and the like of which I told you beforehand.  Just as I also told you in times past that those who practice such things, will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Also see Romans 7: 15-25.                                                                                                                                            Notice vs. 18.  The Apostle Paul is speaking about himself, for I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells.  For, to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good, I do not.                                        Vs. 19.  For the Good that I will to do, I do not do; But the evil I will not to do, that I practice.

In some way although they are different from one another, both the flesh and the heart we have in us, are connected to one another, and both must be under the control of God.

Notice Mark 7:                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 21.  For from within out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,            Vs. 22.  thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.            Vs. 23.  All these evil things come from within and defile a man.

By the way, did you notice the similarities that Jesus made mention of concerning the heart, to the list of things mentioned in Galatians 5: 19 -21 called, “the works of the flesh!”

This lets me know that with God’s help both the heart and the flesh within us, they both need to be dealt with and not just one of them.

Now see Psalms 51:                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 10.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Why?

Quote Jeremiah 17:                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 9.   Because the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?                      Vs. 10.  Yet, I the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.

Finally, here in Galatians 5: 16-18 & 22-25, we see that our helper God the Holy Spirit is the only one who can help us to overcome our flesh, when we are regularly submissive, obedient, and enabled by Him!

Notice vs. 16.   I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.                                    Vs. 17.  For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.                                                                                        Vs. 18.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Now vs. 22.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,          Vs. 23.  gentleness, self-control.  Against such there is no law.                                                                             Vs. 24.  And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires                                    Vs. 25.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

06-10-2018   Part 12                                                                                                                                             

Again, this morning we need to consider another Biblical approach that will help us, so that we can forgive anyone of anything, no matter how big or small!

Because unfortunately, people that we know and love, and even acquaintances or strangers can say or do things, that will disappoint or bother us!                                                                                                                  That can hurt or offend us!                                                                                                                                      That may anger or upset us!                                                                                                                                    That could cause problems or difficulties to us!

And therefore, with God’s help, you and I must frequently and regularly let Biblical forgiveness be our immediate response that will control us.                                                                                                                That can change us.                                                                                                                                                 And that will enable us not to seek revenge or to display a bad or negative attitude in any situation.

Briefly let’s review what we have learned so far since Feb. 2018 when we started this series.

Remember our topic from the LORD is called, “To Forgive Or Not To Forgive!”

And so far, these are the issues that we have looked at concerning “To Forgive or Not To Forgive!”

For example, we did a brief overview on what the Bible says in general about Forgiveness and Unforgiveness.

Then next, we learned together about Some Of The Myths & Misunderstandings About Forgiveness And Unforgiveness.

Now these next two areas that we have looked at, in my opinion, were the most challenging so far, because it required of us to look at ourselves.  And to look within ourselves, before we can truly forgive someone!

For example, we learned How Do We Get Over The Hurt, And The Anger, And The Disappointment, In Order To Forgive Someone About Something?

And secondly, we learned about Being Intentional In Overcoming And Dealing With Our Pharisee Mentality That Will Hinder Us, When It Comes To Forgiveness!

Listen, unless with God’s help we address these two areas we just mentioned, then forgiveness will be unlikely, and unforgiveness will definitely be a certainty!

Now this morning, I believe the LORD has prepared us for this next important area in our series and that is, “Forgiving From The Heart!” 

Notice Matthew 18: 35, For Jesus reveals this warning and rebuke.                                                                   “So, my heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from your heart, do not forgive your brother or sister their trespasses.”

Our Lord says, this because most of the time, we either overreacted about a matter.                                         Or we, over time, have said or done nothing to bring about forgiveness and reconciliation with that person.

Show you what I mean!

Now, notice Matthew 18:                                                                                                                                            Vs. 23. Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.                                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 24.  And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.                                                                                                                                                                         Vs. 25.  But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made.                                                                                                                Vs. 26.  The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.                                                                                                                                                                                Vs. 27.  Then The master or King of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.                                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 28.  But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, pay me what you owe!                                                    Vs. 29.  So, his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, have patience with me, and I will pay you all!                                                                                                                                                                  Vs. 30.  And he would not but, went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.                                    Vs. 31.  So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done.                                                                                                                         Vs. 32.  Then his King after he had called him, said to him, You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.                                                                                                                                              Vs. 33. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?                    Vs. 34. And his master was angry and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.                                                                                                                                                                              Vs. 35. So, my heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from your heart, do not forgive your brother or sister their trespasses.                                                   

Now, see the phrase in vs. 35, “From Your Heart.”                                                                                               What does that really mean?                                                                                                                                         At least two things!

First, notice again Matthew 18: 26.  The servant therefore, fell down before him, saying, Master of King, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.                                                                                                                   Vs. 27.  Then the King of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

Listen, forgiving from the heart, is when God touches our hearts, so that we are moved with compassion toward someone who does not deserve it!

Now notice vs. 32.  Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, you wicked servant!   I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.                                                                                                                      Vs. 33.  Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?

Listen, not forgiving from the heart is when the evil one influences our hearts, so that we withhold that compassion that was shown unto us by God, to someone who needs it!

Quote Luke 11: 4.  For this part of the Lord’s Prayer, or the Disciple’s Prayer we often times forget.                      And Jesus taught us to pray, “Forgive us our sins! For we also forgive everyone who has sinned or, is indebted to us.”                                                             

Now see again, the phrase in vs. 35, “From your heart!”                                                                                          What does that really mean?                                                                                                   

We said at least two things are in mind!                                                                      

Secondly, forgiving from the heart is casting the care of the matter upon the LORD, instead of wanting revenge, or holding a grudge, or feeling resentful, or shunning the other person.  Wow!

In other words, we must cast the care of the matter upon the LORD whatever the issue is, big or small instead of wanting revenge, or to pay back the other person.  Or, holding on to the matter or, maintaining a grudge, or feeling resentful, or shunning the other person all together.

Remember I Peter 5: 7.  Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you!        (Explain this verse.)

The throwing of a blanket upon a horse in order for it to carry the load!

Remember the worship song, we sing sometime, “He is my Peace!”                                                                  And the phrase that says, “Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you!”

Listen, we must cast the care of the matter upon the LORD whatever the issue is, big or small.

Instead of wanting revenge, or to pay back the other person.  Or, holding on to the matter, or maintaining a grudge, or feeling resentful, or shunning the other person all together.

06-24-2018  Part 13  

Two weeks ago, we began this very important section in Matthew 18: 23-35.

And this morning lets return to consider this important Biblical approach from the Bible that will help us so that we can forgive anyone, of anything, no matter how big or small.

And how can we do that?                                                                                                                                       With God’s help, one must be committed to “forgiving from the heart!

Notice Matthew 18: 35.   For Jesus reveals this warning and rebuke.

“So, my heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from your heart, do not forgive your brother or sister their trespasses.”

The Lord is saying this because most of the time, we either can overreact about a matter.

Or, over time we have not said or done nothing, to bring about forgiveness and reconciliation with that person.

Now see the phrase in vs. 35, “from your heart if you do not forgive.”

Question, what does it mean to forgive from the heart?  At least four things we should consider!

First, notice again Matthew 18: 26.  The servant therefore fell down before him saying, Master or King, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.                                                                                                                   Vs. 27.  Then the King of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

Listen, to forgive from the heart is when God touches our hearts, so that we are moved with compassion toward someone who does not deserve it!

So, what does it mean to forgive from the heart?

Secondly, notice Matthew 18: 32, then the King after he had called his servant, said to him, you wicked servant!  I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.                                                                              Vs. 33.  Should you not also, had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?

Listen, to forgive from the heart is when the evil one influences our hearts, so that we would withhold that compassion that was shown unto us by God to someone who needs it from us! 

So again, what does it mean to forgive from the heart?  We said at least four things are in mind!

Thirdly, forgiving from the heart is casting the care of the matter upon the LORD, instead of wanting revenge, or holding a grudge, or feeling resentful, or shunning the other person!

In other words, we must cast the care of the matter upon the LORD whatever the Issue is.  No matter how big or small.  And instead of wanting revenge.  Or, to pay back the other person.  Or, keep holding on to the matter.  Or, maintaining a long-term grudge.  Or, allowing feelings of resentment to control Me.  Or, shunning the other person all together.

We must cast the care of the matter upon the LORD whatever the issue is.  No matter how big or small.

Now see I Peter 5: 7.  Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you!

Two things to remember about this verse!                                                                                                                First, you must cast all your care upon Him, because the Lord will never make You.                                              Secondly, you must give all of it unto God, and not just some of it!  Because the Lord cannot care for you as long as you are holding on to whatever it is.

Listen, have you prayed like this shortly after a person or someone you care about, has said or done something, that disappointed or bothered you?  That hurt or offended you?  That angered or upset you?  That have caused problems or difficulties for you?

LORD, I’m casting the care of the matter upon you!

LORD, instead of me wanting revenge.  Or, desiring to pay them back.  Or, holding on to this matter.  Or, maintaining a grudge.  Or, allowing feelings of resentment control me.  Or, me shunning this person all together.

LORD, You said to forgive from the heart!  Therefore, help me LORD, to do that in this situation, with this person again, at this time, for Your Glory, and for my growth, Amen!”

So, what does it mean to forgive from the heart?

Remember we said, at least four things are in mind!  

And fourthly, forgiving from the heart is when our forgiveness is unlimited, and is indiscriminate! Wow!

See Matthew 18:                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 21.  Then Peter came to Him and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 22.  Jesus said to Peter, I do not say to you up to seven times only, but up to seventy times seven.  

Listen, forgiving from the heart is when we allow God to empower us to forgive having no limits, so that we don’t keep score of how many times this person has offended us!

But also, forgiving from the heart is when we allow God to empower us to forgive indiscriminately.

In other words, with God’s help, or I can forgive another person without discrimination. 

And I’m not referring to social discrimination!  Like, racial discrimination.  Gender discrimination.  Age discrimination, etc. 

Because the word discrimination can also refer to, the treatment of one person different than you would the other person.  

Synonyms are, bias, one-sidedness, un-equal, judgmental. 

Listen, forgiving from the heart allows God to empower us to forgive anybody, anyone, it really doesn’t matter.  For we can do it in the way we would someone who was close to us, and that we really care about!

In fact, what person comes to mind when I said that?  Question, could you forgive another person, let’s say the current President of the United States, or anyone who affects you in a negative way?  

Could you forgive another person in the same way you would forgive that person who came to your mind Just a moment ago?  

Well, the truth of the matter is we can’t, unless we allow God to empower us to forgive from the heart.  Amen!

See Genesis 50:16.  So, the brothers of Joseph sent messengers to Joseph, saying, Before your father Jacob died, he commanded saying,                                                                                                                                      Vs. 17.  Thus, you shall say to Joseph: I beg you please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.  Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.  And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.                                                                                                                                  Vs. 18.  Then his brothers including Benjamin, went and fell down before his face, and they said, "Behold, we are your servants.                                                                                                                                                       Vs. 19.  Joseph said to all his brothers, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?                                          Vs. 20.  But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.                                                                                                                          Vs. 21.  Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones. And Joseph comforted them and spoke kindly to them. 

Listen, forgiving from the heart is when our forgiveness is unlimited, and is indiscriminate!  Wow!

07-01-2018   Part 14   

This morning let’s finish up an important Biblical approach that will help us so that we can forgive anyone, of anything, no matter how big or small.

But how can we do that?                                                                                                                                         With God’s help, one must be committed to “forgiving from the heart!”

Now notice the phrase in Matthew 18: 35, “from your heart if you do not forgive.”

Question.  But what does it look like to forgive from the heart?                                                                          And how can you truly tell, or know, that you have forgiven someone from the heart?

For here in Matthew 5: 43-48, are some personal and practical ways the Lord can help us to see what forgiving from the heart would look like!                                                                                                                      So that you can truly tell, or know, that you have forgiven someone from the heart!

See Matthew 5: 43.  I’ll be reading from a paraphrased version of the Bible.                                                      Vs.  43.  You have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.                                Vs.  44.  But I say to you love (Agape) your enemies, or those who are in opposition with you!

Bless those who curse you!  Do good to those who hate you!                                                                            And pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, Why?

Vs.  45.  That you may be recognize as the sons or the children of your Father in heaven.                                    Because your Father makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good.  And your Father sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

Vs.  46.  Think about It, if you only love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?                                                                                                                                            Vs.  47.  Also, if you greet or welcome your brethren only, what do you do more than others?   Do not even the tax collectors do so?                                                                                                                                                 Vs.  48.  Therefore, you shall be perfect, that is be a person of integrity who is different, and radical, just as your Father in heaven is perfect, a person of integrity who is different, and radical!

Note: Genesis 17: 1, (KJV).                                                                                                                                              And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Quote Job 1: 1, (KJV).                                                                                                                                             There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Quote James 3: 2, (KJV).                                                                                                                                           For in many things we offend all.  If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

Also, here in Luke 6: 35-38, are some more personal and practical ways the Lord can help us to see what forgiving from the heart would Look Like!                                                                                                                So that you and I can truly tell, or know, that we have forgiven someone from the heart!

See Luke 6: 35.  Jesus is speaking, but love (Agape) your enemies, or those who are in opposition with you!    Do good unto them.                                                                                                                                                 And lend unto them, hoping for nothing in return.  Why?                                                                                       So that, your reward will be great.                                                                                                                          And you will be recognized as the sons or the children of the Most-High.  Because the Most-High is kind unto the unthankful and the evil.

Vs.  36.  Therefore, be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful unto the unthankful and the evil.                  Vs.  37.  Judge not when dealing with the unthankful and the evil, and you shall not be judged.                          Condemn not when dealing with the unthankful and the evil, and you shall not be condemned.                          Forgive, when dealing with the unthankful and the evil, and you will be forgiven.                                                  Vs.  38.  Give, when dealing with the unthankful and the evil, and it will be given to you!  In a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be put into your lap. Why?  Because with the same measure that you have shown, it will be measured back to you.

Finally, in Romans 12: 14,& 17-21.  Are additional ways that are personal and practical in which the Lord can help us to see what forgiving from the heart would look like!

So that you and I can truly tell, or know, that we have forgiven someone from the heart!

See Romans 12:                                                                                                                                                         Vs.  14.  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.                                                                        Vs.  17.  Repay no one evil for evil.  Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.                                        Vs.  18.  If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.                                             Vs.  19.  Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to the wrath; for it is written, vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.                                                                                                                                Vs.  20.  Therefore, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.                                                                                                                                 Vs.  21.  Do not be overcome by evil but, overcome evil with good.

Listen, forgiving from the heart is, showing a divine compassion.  That does not let the evil one influence our hearts so that we would hold back the compassion that was shown unto us by God, that we are to show to someone who needs it from us!    In that way, we cast the care of the matter upon the LORD, instead of wanting revenge, or holding a grudge, or feeling resentful, or shunning the other person!  But we show a forgiveness that is unlimited and indiscriminate towards someone we are in opposition with.  Actively praying for my enemies.  But Biblically knowing how to deal with them in my life, for the glory of God!

07-08-2018   Part 15

This morning I have a question for all of us?

What is the purpose, the goal, the objective of divine forgiveness when shown or demonstrated by us with the help of God, and for the Glory of God?

Now, giving some possible suggestions.

There are those that would say that the purpose, the goal, the objective of divine forgiveness when shown or demonstrated by us is to obey God!

And there are some who would say that the purpose, the goal, the objective of divine forgiveness when shown or demonstrated by us is, to be free and not in bondage because of a certain matter or issue!

And still others may say that the purpose, the goal, the objective of divine forgiveness when shown or demonstrated by us is, to be an example so others can follow!

But what if I told you that in addition to all of that, that the purpose, the goal, the objective of divine forgiveness when shown by us for the Glory of God, is to be reconciled and restored with another or others!  Wow!

Listen, not only to obey God, for that is true!

Not only to be free and not in bondage because of a certain matter or Issue, that’s important!                                                             

Not only to be an example so others can follow, for that is truly needed today!

But, also the purpose, the goal, the objective of divine forgiveness when shown by us for the Glory of God is to be reconciled and restored with another or others!

So, when you have a chance please look up these two words, reconciliation and restoration in an English dictionary, as well as a Bible dictionary to help your understanding about these two unfamiliar words for some of us.

So, with God’s help this morning let’s begin to understand from the Bible how that reconciliation and restoration should be the main purpose, the main goal, the main objective, when we show or demonstrate divine forgiveness!

Now let’s consider briefly the theology of reconciliation and restoration that God has towards man.  And how that should influence and motivate us as God’s people to reconciliation and restoration whenever we can!  With whomever we Can! And, where ever we can!

First, the theology of reconciliation and restoration that God has towards mankind.

A paraphrase of II Corinthians 5: 18-20.                                                                                                                      Vs. 18.  Now, all things are of God, who has reconciled us unto Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.                                                                                                                                    Vs. 19.  To know that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, by not imputing, or holding against them their trespasses, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.                                                            Vs. 20.  Now then, we are Ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on how it was made possible, and how it was done on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

And then in verse 21, it explains;                                                                                                                                  And therefore, this is one section in the Bible that helps to explain, the theology of reconciliation and restoration that God has towards mankind.

Now again, the theology of reconciliation and restoration that God has towards mankind.  But how should that influence and motivate you and me as God’s people, to reconciliation and restoration whenever we can!  With whomever we can!  And where ever we can!

Unless they are deceased, or they have departed.  That is, the person has chosen, after all your sincere effort to reconcile and restore the relationship with them, that they no longer want a relationship with you!

However, be sure in the sight of God who knows all and who sees all.  That you really did try to reconcile and restore the relationship with them first, Amen!

Show you what I mean!

A paraphrase of Matthew 5: 23&24.                                                                                                                          Vs. 23.  Therefore, if you bring your gift or sacrifice to the altar, as an act of worship, or as a sin offering for yourself.  And there you remember, or recall, or you are in some way made aware, that your brother or sister, or your friend or your loved one has something against YOU, because of something that you said, or you did, or your bad attitude towards them.

Vs. 24.  Leave your gift or sacrifice there at the altar, and go your way, and first be reconciled to your brother or sister, or your friend or your loved one.  And then come and offer your gift.

Question, in vs. 23&24, what’s more important to God, “act or attitude?”  Is it the act of worship, or giving an offering for yourself?  Or, your attitude to initiate the reconciliation and restoration of the relationship with the other person?

Now, see again the phrase (in vs. 24), “Go your way, and first be reconciled to your brother or sister, or your friend or your loved one.”

Here are some things not to do, when you go and initiate the conversation to reconcile and restore the relationship with another person!

First, don’t be too proud to apologize, and do it correctly and not just quickly.

Now turn to Luke 15 to discover a valuable principal, when it comes to apologizing.

See Luke 15:                                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 17.  But when he the prodigal son came to himself, he said, how many of my father's hired servants, have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger in this place?                                                                          Vs. 18.  I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father,” I have sinned against heaven and before you,                                                                                                                                                                              Vs. 9.  and I am no longer worthy to be called your son.  Make me like one of your hired servants.                      Vs. 21.  And the son said unto his father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.

Listen, one of the valuable principals when it comes to apologizing is, to first humble yourself and go, you initiate the conversation with the person or persons.

And then you acknowledge first what you did wrong in the matter!  Or, how what you said, or done, or thought, or your bad attitude towards them, was sinful and wrong!                                                                  *Don’t try to justify yourself!     *Don’t blame others!      *Don’t make excuses!      

Now remember, there are some things not to do, when you go and initiate to reconcile and restore the relationship with another person!

Next, conversation don’t be standoffish, or unwilling to resolve the matter between you and the other person.

Next, control your body language that speaks louder than words!                                                                        *For example, arms folded across your chest.                                                                                                          *Or, an angry or mad look on your face.                                                                                                                    *Or, frowning or rolling your eyes, when the other person is trying to talk to you.

07-15-2018   Part 16  (The previous two printouts may have part #s that were incorrect - (7/1/2018 is Part 14 and 7/8/2018 is Part 15).

This morning I have a couple of questions for all of us?                                                                                          How many of you want to be like your Heavenly Father?                                                                                    How many of you want to be like Christ?

You might remember a few years ago the colorful wristbands that some Christians wore around their wrist as a reminder to help them in everyday life situations.

The wristbands had the Initials WWJD, “What Would Jesus do”?

Again, how many of you want to be like Christ in every circumstance, and in every situation?

How many of you want to be like your Heavenly Father?

Well again, with God’s help this morning we are going to be challenge, to be very Christlike!

To be like our Father in Heaven, especially when you and I understand that the main purpose, the main goal, the main objective why we show or demonstrate Divine forgiveness with another person, it is so that our relationship with them can be reconciled and restored!  Amen

Now last Sunday, we briefly considered the theology of reconciliation and restoration that God has towards man.

And how that should influence and motivate us as God’s people to reconciliation and restoration whenever we can!  With whomever we can!  And where ever we can!

A paraphrase II Corinthians 5: 18-20.                                                                                                                        Vs. 18.  Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us unto Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.                                                                                                                                      Vs. 19.  To know that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, by not imputing, or holding against them their trespasses, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.                                                            Vs. 20.  Now then, we are Ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on the behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

And then in verse 21, it explains how it was made possible, and how it was done!

And therefore, this is one section in the Bible that helps to explain, the theology of reconciliation and restoration that God has towards mankind.

Now again, the theology of reconciliation and restoration that God has towards mankind.

Question, how should that influence and motivate you and me as God’s people, to reconciliation and restoration whenever we can!  With whomever we can!  And where ever we can!

Unless they are decease, or they have departed.                                                                                                  That is, the person has chosen after all your sincere effort to reconcile and restore the relationship with them, that they no longer want a relationship with you!

But be sure in the sight of God who knows all and who sees all.

That you really did try to reconcile and restore the relationship with them first, at least you tried.

At least there is a bridge rebuilt between the two of you, perhaps when they’re ready, they know you are available.  Amen!

Now remember, God not only forgave us, but desires to reconcile and restore the relationship with mankind that was lost because of Adam and Eve’s sin and disobedience in Genesis 3.

And therefore, that should influence and motivate you and me as God’s people, to reconciliation and restoration whenever we can!  With whomever can!  And where ever we can!

A paraphrase of Matthew 5: 23&24.                                                                                                                         Vs. 23.  Therefore, if you bring your gift or sacrifice to the altar as an act of worship.

And there you remember, you recall.  Or, you are in some way made aware that your brother or sister, or your friend or your loved one has something against you!

Maybe it is something from the past or the present.                                                                                        Something that you said or, didn’t say!                                                                                                              Something that you did or, didn’t do!                                                                                                                           It Is some grievance or complaint.                                                                                                                                It Is some misunderstanding, or an unresolved issue between the two of you.

Vs. 24.  Leave your gift or sacrifice there at the altar, and go your way, and first be reconciled to your brother or sister, or your friend or your loved one.  And then come and offer your gift.

Now see again the phrase (in vs. 24), “and go your way, (and first) be reconciled to your brother or sister, or your friend or your loved one.”

Here are some things not to do, when you go and initiate the conversation to reconcile and restore the relationship with another person!

First, don’t be too proud to apologize, and do it correctly and not just quickly, Like a young sibling apology.

Now remember Luke 15: 18,19, & 21, the Prodigal son story, we saw some valuable principals we can use when it comes to apologizing.

First, you must humble yourself and go!

You go and initiate the conversation with the person or, persons.

Quote Matthew 5: 24, “And go your way, (and first) be reconciled to your brother or sister, or your friend or your loved one.”

Next, when you go you be the first to acknowledge what you did wrong in the matter or the situation.

Be specific about what you said, or done, or your bad attitude towards them that’s been sinful and wrong!

Quote Luke 15: 18.  Concerning the Prodigal son he said, I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.                                                                                                Vs. 21.  and the son said unto his Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.                                                                                                                              Listen, the Prodigal son did not try to justify himself!                                                                                             The Prodigal son did not blame others!                                                                                                                 The Prodigal son did not make excuses for his actions!

Lastly, in some cases when you go to apologize, ask God to show you how to apologize for what you did wrong in a matter or situation that has affected the person who needs you to admit you messed up, you made a mistake, that you are sorry!

•For example, you have been passive and not proactive.                                          •Indifferent.                                                                                                                      •Impatient.                                                                                                                            •Incompetent.                                                                                                                       •Uninvolved.                                                                                                                     •Negligent.                                                                                                                          •Distracted.                                                                                                                          •Selfish or self-centered.                                                                                          •Cowardly.                                                                                                               •Unsupportive, unloving, uncaring, hurtful, abusive.

Listen, when you go to apologize, ask God to show you how to apologize for what you did wrong in the matter or the situation that has affected the person who needs you to admit you messed up, you made a mistake, that you are sorry!

As a Pastor, a husband, and a father, I am learning to do this more, for in some cases it can really help to restore and reconcile a relationship.

Now remember, there are some things not to do when you go and initiate the conversation to reconcile and restore the relationship with another person!

Next, don’t be standoffish, or unwilling to resolve the matter between you and the other person.

Watch or control your body louder language that speaks than words!                                                                  For example, arms folded across your chest.                                                                                                            Or, an angry or mad look on your face.                                                                                                                        Or, frowning or rolling your eyes, when the other person is trying to talk to you.

Remember we said, that there are some things not to do, when you go and initiate the conversation to reconcile and restore the relationship with another person!

Here are just a few more!                                                                                                                                        Don’t keep interrupting the person trying to make your point, or to set them straight.                                            Just try to listen and understand where the person is coming from, even if you disagree with them at that time!

And don’t be standing over the person while they are sitting down trying to talk to you.                                        Don’t be on your mobile device, or watching the screen of your tv, computer, or gaming device.                          Don’t be walking around the room while they are talking to you!                                                                      Don’t walk out of the room when they are talking to you!  Unless you need a timeout or a break! Then you graciously make it known to the person.

But then resume the conversation with them, don’t flake out!

So, how many of you want to be like your Heavenly Father?                                                                              How many of you want to be like Christ?

See Matthew 18:  15.                                                                                                                                                Your brother or sister, or your friend, or your loved one sins against you, go and tell them their fault and him alone,  And if they hear you, you have your brother or sister, or friend or your loved one.                                       Now see the phrase (in vs. 15), "Go and tell them their fault between you and them alone."

But listen, before you go and do that, first take as much time as you need to seek God for His help and strength about the matter.

And in some cases, seek Godly counsel also, to help you to address and deal with the hurt, the anger, the disappointment that you have on the inside of you, so you can be able to forgive that person or persons.

Next, deal with your own Pharisee mentality!

And lastly, then with God’s help you forgive from the heart!                                                                                That is, you show or demonstrate divine compassion.

You don’t let the evil one influence your heart so that you would hold back the compassion that was shown unto you by God, that you are to show to someone who needs it from you!

You cast the care of the matter upon the LORD, instead of wanting revenge, or holding a grudge, or feeling resentful, or shunning the other person!

You let your forgiveness be unlimited and indiscriminate towards the one you are in opposition with.                You actively pray for your enemy or enemies.  For you still must know Biblically how to deal with them for the Glory of God!

07-22-2018   Part 17 

Once again, this morning with God’s help, we are going to be challenged to be Christlike!

We are going to be challenged to be like our Father in Heaven, especially when you and I understand, that the main purpose, the main goal, the main objective why we show or demonstrate divine forgiveness with another person, it is so that our relationship with them can be reconciled and restored!  Amen

And for the last couple of Sundays we briefly considered the theology of reconciliation and restoration that God has towards mankind.

And how that theology about God should influence and motivate us as God’s people to reconciliation and restoration whenever we can! With whomever we can!  And where ever we can!

Now see Matthew 18: 15.  Moreover, if your brother or sister, or your friend or your loved one, sins against you, go and tell them their fault between you and them alone.

And if they hear you, you have gained your brother or sister, or your friend or your loved one.

Now see the phrase in vs.15, “Go and tell them their fault between you and them alone!”

But here are some things when you go to initiate the conversation, do not do, for it will not help, and it could make things worse!

First, when you go don’t go angry!                                                                                                                                See James 1: 19.  So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;    Vs. 20.  for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Listen, anger is a real and sometimes very dangerous emotion that must be dealt with first between you and God, and not between you and the other person!

We first have to admit and confess unto God the fact that we are or we are still angry, upset, or mad about something or about someone.

Sometimes it’s about what a person said or didn’t say!                                                                                          Or, what they did or didn’t do.

But first, I need to admit and confess unto God that I am angry, upset, or mad!

And then I need to acknowledge that my anger towards a certain person, or persons, is a sin that I am being tempted by! And Lord I need your help to overcome!

Or, I need to acknowledge that I am angry, upset, or mad right now, or I have been for some time, and I’m wrong for doing that, and that I have sin!

Quote Psalm 32: 5&6.                                                                                                                                                Vs. 5. I acknowledged my sin to you, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD, and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.  Selah                                                                              Vs. 6.  And for this cause or reason, everyone who is Godly shall pray to you in a time when you may be found!

Again, this is one thing that can help us so that when we go to initiate the conversation, don’t go angry!            •Avoid being verbally abusive!                                                                                                                                •And never become physically abusive or violent!                                                                                            •Don’t try to fix the person, or straighten them out!                                                                                              •Stay focused, and address the sin issue or issues that are between you and the other person.

Now remember in Matthew 18: 15 said, Moreover, if your brother or sister, or your friend or your loved one, sins against you, go and tell them their fault between you and them alone.

And if they hear you, you have gained your brother or sister, or your friend or your loved one.

Next, when you go, don’t let your tongue be like a sword that can hurt, or injure, or wound the other person.

Now read a paraphrase of Colossians 4: 6.  Tongue, “let your speech or your words always be with grace or gracious, like a seasoning that can help, like salt!  Why? So that you may know how you can correctly answer or respond to each person.”

Next, when you go, don’t act like a Pharisee, prideful, intimidating, self-righteous!

Now read a paraphrase of Matthew 7: For Jesus is warning us, that it’s not about the size, or the amount.  But it is about the fact that we both have something in common, for Nobody Is perfect! We all have sin and come short of the Glory of God!                                                                                                                                          See vs. 3.  Why do you look at the speck, or the sin in your brother’s eye, or their life, but, you do not consider, or recognize, or acknowledge the plank, or the sin in you?                                                                        Vs. 4.  Or, how can you say to your brother, let me remove, or let me fix you!  Or, let me rebuke you for the speck in your eye! While there is still a plank in your eye?                                                                                        Vs. 5.  Hypocrite! First remove, or deal with, or address, or confess the plank in your own eye!

And then you will see clearly that you are the same!  Imperfect!  One who has sin and have come short of the glory of God, unfortunately on many occasions!

Again vs. 5, Jesus says, Hypocrite!  First remove, or deal with, or address, or confess the plank in your own eye!                                                                                                                                                                            And then, you will see clearly.  And then, you can be helpful and not judgmental when removing, or dealing with, or addressing the speck in your brother's eye.

Now again, these are some things when you go to initiate the conversation you do not want to do.  It will not help, and it could make things much worse!

Next, when you go, don’t forget what your main purpose is for doing what you are doing!

Quote again Matthew 18: 15, moreover if your brother or sister, or your friend or your loved one, sins against you, go and tell them their fault between you and them alone.

And if they hear you, you have gained your brother or sister, or your friend or your loved one.

Now Notice Galatians 6:                                                                                                                                         First, Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, and considering your own self lest you also be tempted and fail!

Next, when you go don’t forget to treat the other person the way you would want to be treated!

See Luke 6:31. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

And lastly, when you go, watch your expectations!                                                                                          •Remember you’re dealing with another imperfect person like yourself, whom God is not yet finished with!        •So then don’t expect a person or persons to immediately apologize or even to admit to you, that they were wrong!                                                                                                                                                                    •Don’t expect a person or persons to be grateful or thankful that you reached out to them, trying to resolve this issue!                                                                                                                                                                 •And lastly, don’t expect a person or persons to repent right away, because God will most likely will have to deal with them first, and that may take some time!

So, watch your expectations!

Jesus said in Matthew 18: 15, Moreover if your brother or sister, or your friend or your loved one, sins against you, go and tell them their fault between you and them alone.

And, if they hear you, you have gained your brother or sister, or your friend or your loved one.

Also, here are a few examples of reconciliation and restoration between certain individuals in the Bible.

•Paul with John Mark.                                                                                                                                                    II Timothy 4: 11, Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.

See later, the backstory that caused the fracture in the relationship.                                                                    Acts 12: 25. Acts 13: 13.                                                                                                                                              Acts 15: 36-40.

•Esau with Jacob.                                                                                                                                                      Genesis 32: 1-32                                                                                                                                                        Genesis 33: 1-16.

See later, the backstory that caused the fracture in the relationship.                                                                    Genesis 25: 24-34                                                                                                                                                Genesis 27: 1-17, & 30-36.                                                                                                                                    Genesis 27: 41-45.

•Joseph with his brothers.                                                                                                                                    Genesis 50: 15-21.

See later the backstory that caused the fracture in the relationship.                                                                    Genesis 37: 1-35.

08-05-2018      Part 18    

Once again, this morning with God’s help, we are going to be challenged to be Christlike!

We are going to be challenged to be like our Father in Heaven, especially when you and I understand, that the main purpose, the main goal, the main objective why we show or demonstrate divine forgiveness with another person, it is so that our relationship with them can be reconciled and restored!  Amen

Yet unfortunately, you and I may have a real problem that hinders us, when it comes to reconciliation and restoration.

And what is that real problem that hinders us, when it comes to reconciliation and restoration?

Read II Timothy 1: 7.                                                                                                                                                    For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.

Listen, a spirit of fear that is mentioned here can be certain things.

For example, it could be referring to my perception about something or someone, and therefore, causing me fear!

Or, how I perceive a matter or an individual, and therefore again causing me fear!

And unfortunately, my perceptions or, how I see or, understand things often times are wrong, very biased, skewed, unrealistic, self-protective.

And therefore, for you and me, a spirit of fear may cause us to be highly subjective, and not openly objective!

Question.  So, what are some of your fear factors when it comes to the Biblical teachings of reconciliation and restoration, that would cause you to be defensive, detached, demanding (controlling), or even dysfunctional in an unhealthy way?

For example: Could you say, my fear factor could be how I perceive someone’s unwillingness to resolve, or deal with or get help about our Issues, or to make amends or to apologize sincerely, as a huge liability, or an unwillingness to change!

Or, could you say, my fear factor could be how I perceive someone to be untrustworthy or dishonest!

Or, my fear factor could be how I perceive someone who may hurt me again, and again.                                      And unfortunately, our perceptions or, how we see or understand things, often times are wrong, very biased, skewed, unrealistic, or self-protective.

So again, what are some of your fear factors when It comes to the Biblical teachings of reconciliation and restoration, that would cause you to be defensive, detached, demanding (controlling), or, even dysfunctional in an unhealthy way?

Well you might say, my fear factor could be how I perceive that someone is thinking that they got away with something!  Or, I was ok, or, that I approved of what they have done or said unto me!                                            Or, my fear factor could be how I perceive that someone may think that I am weak, a doormat, or defenseless.                                                                                                                                                                Or, maybe you would say, my fear factor could be how I perceive after all my efforts to reconcile and be restored that they may reject me, and dissolve the relationship!

As I said, unfortunately you and I may have real problems that hinders us, when It comes to reconciliation and restoration.

But with God’s help, we can face our fear factors whatever they are, so that we can do the unthinkable when we feel or think there Is too much liability in this situation, or there is too much risk in dealing with this matter!  And what is the unthinkable that God would have us to do?                                                                                “Turn the other cheek!”

Now see Luke 6: 29a.  Jesus directs by saying, to him or her who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also.

“Now this could represent a person or persons by which you or I were hurt by!”

Now see Luke 6: 29b.  Again, Jesus directs by saying, and from him or her who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic or coat either.

“Now, this would represent a person or persons who treated you or I unfairly in some way!”

So then, what is Jesus really saying to us here in Luke 6: 29?                                                                                    Is Luke 6: 29 to be taken literally or symbolically?                                                                                          Unfortunately, Jesus’ words to us in Luke 6: 29 has been extremely controversial.

It has been misunderstood or, misused.  Criticized or, ridiculed.  Dismissed or, disliked by many!

Even in our times, certain individuals especially from the 40s, 50s, 60s and the early 70s.                                    They either misunderstood or misused.  Or, they criticize or ridicule.  Or, they dismiss or dislike what Jesus had to say in Luke 6: 29.

Listen, even to many of us reading the Gospels especially during the time of our Lord’s passion, that is, His willful humiliation when He allowed Himself to be taken into custody there in the Garden of Gethsemane and His crucifixion on the cross.

For it looked like Jesus was being an example of what it means to turn the other cheek!

However, let’s take a moment to understand what Jesus was not saying when He spoke such words here in Luke 6: 29!

First, Jesus was not saying that a person must accept physical abuse, or an assault, or a threat or being intimidated or ripped off, without defending, or protecting themselves.

Next, Jesus was not saying that Luke 6: 29 should be our methodology for non-violent demonstrations or protests.

And lastly, our LORD was not saying that a person or an individual, should not physically defend, protect, or intervene, when there is an act of violence, or there is a physical threat made.  Or, if there is a harmful situation you or someone is facing pacifism.

In fact, see Luke 22:                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 36.  Then Jesus said to His disciples, but now, the one who has a money bag, let them take it, and likewise a knapsack.  And the one who has no sword, let them sell their garment and buy one.                          Vs. 38.  So, the disciples said, Lord, look, here are two swords.  And Jesus said to them, "It is enough."

See also Luke 22:                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 49.  When the disciples around Jesus saw what was going to happen, the disciples said to Him, Lord shall we strike with the sword?                                                                                                                                              Vs. 50.  But one of the disciples struck the servant of the high priest with the sword and cut off his right ear.    Vs. 51.  And Jesus answered and said, allow this to happen!  So, Jesus touched the servant of the high priest ear, and healed him.                                                            

By the way, see Matthew 26:                                                                                                                                      Vs. 52.  But Jesus said to Peter, put your sword in its place, for all who take up the sword will perish by the sword.                                                                                                                                                                              Vs. 53.  Or, do you not think Peter that I could pray now to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than 12 legions of angels?

Way, a Roman Army measurement of one Legion began at 3,000, or up to 6,000 men in one Legion.  So, 12 X 3000= at least 36,000 angels mention in vs. 53.                                                                                                        Vs. 54.  And Jesus said, but then how could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen in this way?

Listen, I do not believe Jesus was saying that a person must accept physical abuse, or an assault, or a threat or being Intimidated or ripped off, without defending, or protecting themselves.

I do not believe Jesus was saying that Luke 6: 29, should be our methodology for non-violent demonstrations or protests.

And I do not believe Jesus was saying that a person, or an individual, should not physically defend, protect, or intervene, when there is an act of violence.  Or, there is a physical threat made.  Or, if there is a harmful situation you or someone is facing pacifism.

Close with Genesis 14:                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 12.  They (in vs. 5&6) also took Lot, Abram's brother's son his nephew who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.                                                                                                                                                             Vs. 13.  But one had escaped came and told Abram the Hebrew, for he dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner; and they were allies with Abram.                                       Vs. 14.  Now, when Abram heard that his brother's son was taken captive, Abraham armed three hundred and eighteen of his trained servants who were born in his own house, and they went in pursuit of them as far as the territory of Dan.                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 15.  Abraham divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus.                                                                                      Vs. 16.  And Abraham rescued and brought back all the goods, and He brought back his brother's son, Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.

 08-12-2018  Part 19  

This morning let’s finish up our look at the Biblical mandate for you and me concerning reconciliation and restoration with others when possible.

As you know for the last few weeks we have been learning what the Bible says is the main purpose, the main goal, the main objective why we show or, demonstrate divine forgiveness with another person, and it is so that our relationship with them can be reconciled and restored!  Amen

But in order to do this with God’s help, we must face and overcome our fear factors whatever they are, so that we can do the unthinkable when we feel or think there is too much baggage in this relationship, or there is too much risk in dealing with this person!

And what is the unthinkable that God would have us to do?

Notice Luke 6: 29a, Jesus directs by saying, to him or her who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also.

“Now this could represent a person or persons by which you or I were hurt by!”

Now see Luke 6: 29b, again Jesus directs by saying, and from him or her who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic or coat either.

“Now this would represent a person or persons who treated you or, I unfairly in some way!”

And, last Sunday we took some time go understand what our LORD was not saying here in Luke 6: 29!

Now remember, Jesus was not saying that a person must accept physical abuse, or an assault, or a threat or, being intimidated or, ripped off, without defending, or protecting themselves.

Listen, nor was Jesus saying here in Luke 6: 29 that this should be the Christian methodology for non-violent demonstrations, or protests.

For example, some Christian Civil Rights leaders of the 50s & 60s said Luke 6: 29 should be their methodology for non-violent demonstrations, and lawful protests.

And finally, our LORD was not saying that a person, or an Individual, should not physically defend, protect, or intervene, when there is an act of violence.  Or, there is a physical threat made.  Or, if there is a harmful situation you or someone is facing.

So then, here in Luke 6: 29, what is Jesus saying and what does He mean?

Notice again Luke 6:29, Jesus says, to him or her who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also.

And from him or her who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic or coat either.

So then, what our LORD is saying here in Luke 6:29, should it be taken literally or figuratively?

Note, we have to be discerning when we read the Bible, because some time there are things that are said that may appear not to make sense!

Because there are some things that should be taken figuratively.  Or, either symbolically.  Or, as a divine principal to be lived out.

And then there are some things that are to be taken literally!

Listen, we have to be discerning when we read the Bible, because some time there are things that are said that may appear not to make sense!

For example, notice Matthew 5: 28-30.                                                                                                                    Vs. 28.  Jesus is speaking, But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.                                                                                                                 Vs. 29.  If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you.  Why?  For it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Question.  Is what Jesus is saying here in Matt. 5: 29a, to be taken literally or figuratively?

Now notice vs. 30.  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you.  Why? For it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Question.  Is what Jesus is saying here in Matthew 5: 30a, to be taken literally or figuratively?

Back to Luke 6:                                                                                                                                                                Listen, I truly believe what Jesus was saying here in Luke 6: 29, was to be taken Figuratively.  As a divine principal to be lived out, and not to be taken literally.

Notice again Luke 6:29 Jesus says, to him or her who strikes you on the one cheek, (Stop there)!

Listen, this is figurative Language.                                                                                                                              In other words, a person or persons who hurts you is like a slap in the face.  But it is not physical!

But instead, what the person or persons have said or done has stung you. shocked you.  Confused you. Embarrass you.  Causes you pain like a slap in the face!

Now notice, (Luke 6:29) Jesus says, to him or her who strikes you on the other cheek, offer the other also!        In other words, turn the other cheek!

Now listen, I believe there are two important principles for us to know when God leads you and me to turn the other cheek!

And the first important principle is don’t retaliate!  But show restraint and mercy. be in control of your feelings and your emotions.

Listen, don’t return evil for evil! But instead, in time, work towards reconciliation and restoration whenever possible!

Now the second important principle for us to Know when God leads you and me to turn the other cheek is, be willing to take a chance!  Be vulnerable, yes, it is possible you may be hurt again!  “But blessed are the Peacemakers!”  At least you tried!

Even though, you have been already negatively affected by that person or persons!

Listen, with God’s help and In His time.  Be open to reconcile and be restored with the person or, persons who you were hurt by, or were responsible for treating you unfairly in some way!

Now here is a circumstance where Jesus Himself did the unthinkable, and turn the other cheek!

See St. John 13:                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 21.  When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.                                                                                                                        Vs. 22.  Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.                                            Vs. 23. Now there was leaning near Jesus' chest one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved, John.                          Vs. 24.  Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke.                                          Vs. 25.  Then, leaning back near Jesus' chest, John said to Him, "Lord, who is it?                                                Vs. 26.  Jesus answered, it is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.                              And Jesus having dipped the bread.  Stop there!

By the way, during the Passover meal the host would honor one of the guests, showing favor and acceptance by offering them the bread dipped in a very special dipping sauce, that was a gesture of friendship and love.

Now verse 26 concludes, and Jesus gave it to Judas Iscariot, the Son of Simon.

Listen, Jesus did the unthinkable, He turned the other cheek when He tied to reconcile and restore the relationship between Himself and Judas that evening!

May I leave you and me with two important factors we need to consider when it comes to this matter of turning the other cheek?

The first important factor we need to consider is, our attitudes and our motives have to be right!

We are not motivated by guilt, nor out of necessity!                                                                                                We are not trying to prove how spiritual we really are!                                                                                              But we are filled with, and empowered by, and enabled by God the Holy Spirit for such a task as this!

Now, the second important factor we need to consider is, every situation when it comes to this matter of turning the other cheek is case by case, and person by person!

In other words, we are not always to turn the other cheek with anybody and everybody!

We are not always to reconcile and restore the relationship with anybody and everybody!                              Pray for them, yes!

That one day soon they would come to saving faith.  Or, that they would repent and be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.                                                                                                  

But to turn the other cheek with anybody and everybody, may not be possible!                                                 Or, to try to reconcile and restore the relationship with anybody and everybody, maybe not wise!  WHY?          Because some people are still toxic.  And some people are still spiritually dangerous, and will be hurtful to your spiritual well-being!

Now here is a circumstance where Apostle Paul himself, did the unthinkable and forgave and restore the relationship he once had with John Mark.

The backstory.                                                                                                                                                          See Acts 12:                                                                                                                                                              Vs. 25.  And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry, and they also took with them John whose surname was Mark.

And see Colossians 4:10.  Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, with Mark the cousin of Barnabas, about whom you received instructions: if he comes to you, welcome him.

Next, The break-up.                                                                                                                                                  See Acts 15:                                                                                                                                                                Vs. 36.  Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.                                                        Vs. 37.  Now Barnabas was determined to take with them John, called Mark.                                                        Vs. 38.  But Paul insisted that they should not take with them the one who had departed from them in Pamphylia, and had not gone with them to the work.                                                                                             Vs. 39.  Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so, Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus;                                                                                                                                        Vs. 40.  but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God.

Lastly, The Restoration.                                                                                                                                                  II Timothy 4: 11, Paul is speaking to Timothy, only Luke is with me.  Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.

08-26-2018   Part 20      

Question, what are some physical things we can do to ourselves that are self-destructive?                              For example:                                                                                                                                                          •Substance abuse and addiction!                                                                                                                              •A lack of physical exercise and rest!                                                                                                                •Eating every day the wrong things!

Another question, what are some spiritual things we can do to ourselves that are self-destructive? 

Did you know there are at least two areas that are self-destructive to your spiritual life and your fellowship with God, that will cause you to be totally ineffective for God?

Now the first area that is destructive to your spiritual life and your fellowship with God, that will cause you to be totally ineffective for God is, spiritual self-deception, or deceiving your own self spiritually.

Quote, I Corinthians 3: 18.                                                                                                                                          Let no man deceive himself.  If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

And now another area that is destructive to your spiritual life and your fellowship with God, that will cause you to be totally ineffective for God is, operating in premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness.

And as most of you know since February, 2018 until now, on and on.  The LORD has been dealing with us and dealing with you personally as an individual, or as a family, about this most important topic from the Bible we have called, to forgive or not to forgive, what the Bible says to us about forgiveness and unforgiveness.

And for months, we have a specially, focused upon the matter of forgiveness, or forgiving others.                      For example:                                                                                                                                                            •Substance abuse and addiction!                                                                                                                              •A lack of physical exercise and rest!                                                                                                                  •Eating every day, the wrong things!

Another question, what are some spiritual things we can do to ourselves that are self-destructive? 

Did you know there are at least two areas that are self-destructive to your spiritual life and your fellowship with God, that will cause you to be totally ineffective for God?

Now the first area that is destructive to your spiritual life and your fellowship with God, that will cause you to be totally ineffective for God is, spiritual self-deception, or deceiving your own self-spiritually.

Quote, I Corinthians 3: 18.                                                                                                                                          Let no man deceive himself.  If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

And now another area that is destructive to your spiritual life and your fellowship with God, that will cause you to be totally ineffective for God is, operating in premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness.

And as most of you know since February 2018 until now, off and on.  The LORD has been dealing with us and dealing with you personally as an individual, or as a family, about this most important topic from the Bible we have called, to forgive or not to forgive, what the Bible says to us about forgiveness and unforgiveness.

And for months, we have a specially, focused upon the matter of forgiveness, or forgiving others.                      For example, we have considered:                                                                                                                        •How do we forgive?                                                                                                                                                      •Why do we forgive?                                                                                                                                              •Whom do we forgive?                                                                                                                                            •And what is the goal or objective of forgiveness?

But maybe you are not sure about all of this! And neither are you committed to forgiving others unconditionally!

Maybe you are here today, and perhaps you might have experience in your life, whether injustice or mistreatment, or both!

And as a result, overtime because things were never handled correctly or fairly.  And because there was no justice in your case, or situation. There was no consequences or penalties, fines, or a judgment for the plaintive for what that person or persons had done.

As a result, and overtime you may have allowed yourself to operate in premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness!

But what is premeditated, hard-hearted, unforgiveness?                                                      

Well let’s examine each word for a moment.                                                                                                            First premeditated.                                                                                                                                                    The word premeditated can mean to have for thought, or to dwell upon, or to be preoccupied with.                  Also premeditated is a deliberate choice, or decision someone is making to do something, or say something.

Next the word, hard-hearted.                                                                                                                                    Hard-hearted is willful disobedience, or rebellion against God, Who has told us what to do, and what would bring Glory to His name!

And lastly, the word unforgiveness.                                                                                                              Unforgiveness is the refusal to forgive anyone of anything, no matter how big or small. But instead you rather get even, or pay the person back, or shun them altogether.

However, is there a difference between normal, fleshly unforgiveness, and premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness?

This is what I mean!  Normal, fleshly unforgiveness is an unforgiveness that will rise up within you.  That you will experience shortly after whatever has been said or done to hurt has you, or that offended you, or that which effect you in a negative way.

Now quote Matthew 18: 21.  Then came Peter and said unto Jesus, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?  Until seven times?

By the way, even though it may be normal and fleshly, I’m not condoning it.  Nor am I suggesting that this kind of unforgiveness is acceptable or right for us to do!

It is a sin, and it is wrong!                                                                                                                                          But on the other hand, premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness is much different!

For this type of unforgiveness is a deliberate choice to dwell on and to be preoccupied with, what someone has said or done!

Premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness is, an attitude that won’t forgive and be Reconciled.  But instead wants to get even, wants to pay back the individual or individuals! or, they rather Just shun or eject the person or persons from their life indefinitely!

Listen, this type of unforgiveness is, willful disobedience or rebellion against God, Who has told us to forgive anyone of anything through the help He gives!  But we refuse to do so!

Because maybe you have experience in your life unfairness, or injustice, or abuse, or mistreatment.              And as a result, overtime because things were never handled correctly or fairly.  And because there was no justice in your case, or situation.  There was no consequences or penalties, fines, or a judgment for the plaintive for what that person or persons had done.

As a result, and overtime you may have allowed yourself to operate in premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness!

So then, with God’s help this morning we want to begin to understand what the Bible says how serious this matter really is when it comes to premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness.

And how we must reject and repent whenever this type of unforgiveness comes to intrude or invade our lives.

For if it is not dealt with, it will bring damage, dysfunction, disruption, and destruction to your life and to your relationships!

Two good illustration about the damage and the harm we do to ourselves when we choose premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness over forgiveness!

Because premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness is like holding a very red-hot iron bar in your hands.            And you think by withholding it from the other person you are hurting them.

But actually, you are causing damage and pain unto yourself and not the other person.                          Because you are still holding on to it!                                                                                                                        Or, premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness is like, drinking poison, hoping that the Other person that you will not forgive, will die!

Listen, one of the main reasons why we should forgive is because forgiveness that is at work in us, becomes the necessary treatment and remedy for the Spirit and Soul within us when we have been hurt by what someone has said or done!                                                                                                                                       Or, when we are disappointed by what someone has said or done!                                                                         Or, when we are offended, or angry by what someone has said or done!

Listen, premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness when left untreated, and is allowed to fester and Grow.          Will lead to disobedience to God, and bitterness, and hatred within yourself for another.

See II Corinthians 7: 1.                                                                                                                                    Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

So then, let’s consider a few of the serious consequences from God that you and I do not want to experience when it comes to operating in premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness!

See Mark 11: 25&26.                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 25.  And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.                                                                                                    Vs. 26.  But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.

See Isaiah 59: 1&2.                                                                                                                                                     Vs. 1.  Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.       Vs. 2.  But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So, that He will not hear.

See Psalms 66:18.                                                                                                                                                         If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.

09-02-2018  Part 21 

Let me share something with you that could be helpful, that I came across recently!

Now according to some Alaskan natives about Eskimo’s traditions from the 1800’s when it came to the various techniques that were used in hunting and killing wolves for their fur or thick winter coats.

There was one technique that was allegedly used called, the frozen red popsicle!

And this was a hunter’s description at that time, of how effectively this hunting technique worked.

The hunter now describes what he calls, the preparation.

The hunter would sharpen a long blade knife until it was razor sharp.  Then he would proceed to soak the knife blade in arctic seal blood and let it freeze.  Then the hunter would dip it again in the seal blood and freeze it once more.  This process covered the knife blade in layer upon layer of frozen blood.

Now, the knife blade resembled a frozen red popsicle.

Next, the hunter now describes what he calls, the deception.

Now the hunter fixes the knife handle into the snowy ground with the long razor sharp blade sticking upward.

Afterwards, the hunter must cover up any human tracks or human scent that the wolf might smell and be scared away!

Then the hunter waits patiently!

In time a wolf will follow its very sensitive nose to the source of the scent and will discover the bait.

Now the wolf licks the bait and tasting the fresh fozen blood.  It begins to lick faster, and more and more vigorously, until the razor-sharp edge of the blade begins to be exposed.

Next, the hunter now describes what he calls, the self-deception of the wolf or how It deceives its own self!

The wolf licks the blade more feverishly now, harder and harder. In fact, it’s craving for blood becomes so great, that the wolf does not notice the razor- sharp sting of the blade on its own tongue cutting itself more and more.

But in spite of the obvious signs that the knife is harming it, the wolf continues to lick the knife blade. And it will ignore all of the negative signs which are bringing harm to itself!

For example, the wolf begins to feel weak from the loss of blood.

Also, the wolf's mouth and tongue are so badly cut, that blood starts pouring from its mouth profusely!

However, when tasting its own blood, the wolf is ecstatic that it can taste more blood on its wounded tongue. And it attacks the knife blade more aggressively.

Finally, the hunter describes what he calls, ‘the consequence”.

Because unfortunately, the wolf will desperately continue to lick the razor-sharp knife blade until it collapses from blood loss and dies.

Spiritually speaking, this is how the devil who is against you, wants to destroy you! Acting like that Eskimo hunter.  Deceiving you.  And disguising the razor-sharp knife of unforgiveness.

And then with the devil’s help, you begin to deceive your own self-thinking or believing that the razor-sharp knife of unforgiveness will not hurt or harm you as you embrace it!

So, with God’s help today we want to finish up what we started last Sunday as we seek to understand what the Bible says about how seriously this matter of unforgiveness really is for the child of God.

And especially when we choose to operate in premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness.

Premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness is a deliberate choice to dwell on and to be preoccupied with, what someone has said or done!

Premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness is, an attitude that won’t forgive and be reconciled.

But instead wants to get even, wants to pay back the individual or individuals who are responsible, or were involved or uninvolved!  Or, they rather just shun or eject the person or persons from their life indefinitely!

Listen, this type of unforgiveness is nothing, but willful disobedience or rebellion against God who has told us to forgive anyone of anything through the help that He will give!

Listen, I understand maybe you have experience in your life injustice or unfairness, or mistreatment or abuse.

And as a result, overtime because things were never handled correctly or fairly.

And because there was no justice in your case, or situation.

There was no consequences or penalties, fines, or a judgment for the plaintive for what that person or persons had done.

As a result, and overtime you may have allowed yourself to operate in premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness!

But this is why we must reject and repent whenever this type of unforgiveness tries to intrude or invade into our lives.

Because if it is not dealt with it will bring damage, dysfunction, disruption, and destruction, into your life and to your relationships!

Listen, this is one of the main reasons why we should forgive anyone of anything.

Because forgiveness that is at work in us becomes the necessary treatment and remedy for the spirit and soul that is within us, when we have been hurt by what someone has said or done!

Or, when we are disappointed by what someone has said or done!                                            Or, when we are offended, or angry by what someone has said or done!

Listen, premeditated hard hearted unforgiveness when left untreated, and is allowed to fester and grow.

Will lead to disobedience to God, and bitterness, and hatred within yourself for another, or for others.

So then, let’s consider what the Bible says are some serious consequences from God that you and I should want to avoid, when it comes to operating in premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness!

Notice Hebrews 12:                                                                                                                                                    Vs. 14.  Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.                                Vs. 15.  Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.                                                                                                   Vs. 16.  lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.                                                                                                                                                                      Vs. 17.  For you know that afterward, when Esau wanted to inherit the blessing, for Esau was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it with tears.

So here is another serious consequence from God that the Bible says that you and I should want to avoid when it comes to operating in, premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness!

Now say something about the corrosive chemical called acid, such as;                                                            •Hydrochloric Acid.                                                                                                                                              •Sulfuric Acid.                                                                                                                                                        •Nitric Acid.                                                                                                                                                                      •And even Citric Acid, which is a natural acid in citrus fruits.

Listen, the human emotion called bitterness can be like acid to the soul.

To the heart and to the mind causing, great harm and damage within!

Remember Esau and Jacob?

See Genesis 27: 34-36 & 41-45.                                                                                                                                Vs. 34.  When Esau heard the words of his father, Esau cried with an exceedingly great and bitter crying, saying to his father Isaac, Bless me also O my father!                                                                                            Vs. 35.  But Isaac said, your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.                                Vs. 36.  And Esau said, is Jacob not rightly named Jacob for nothing?  For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!

And Esau said, have you not reserved a blessing for me?                                                     

Vs. 41.  So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, the days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob.                                          Vs. 42.  And the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah.  So, she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, surely your brother Esau comforts himself concerning you by intending to kill you.                                                                                                                                                                              Vs. 43.  Now therefore, my son, obey my voice: arise, flee to my brother Laban in Haran.                                  Vs. 44.  And stay with him a few days, until your brother's fury turns away,                                                          Vs. 45.  until your brother's anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him; then I will send and bring you from there.  Why should I be bereaved also of you both in one day?

Finally, what are some of the serious consequences from God that the Bible says that you and I should want to avoid, when it comes to operating in premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness?

Notice see Matthew 18:                                                                                                                                              Vs. 34.  And his master the King was angry with Him, and delivered him to the torturers or the tormentors until he should pay all that was due to him.

Maybe go back and re-read Matthew 18: 21-34.                                                                                                      Vs. 35.  So, my heavenly Father also will do unto you!

That is deliver you to the torturers or the tormentors!

If each of you, from your heart, does not forgive your brother or sister their trespasses.

And again, here is another serious consequence from God that the Bible says that you and I should want to avoid when it comes to operating in, premeditated hard-hearted unforgiveness!

Notice again vs. 35.  So, my heavenly Father also will do unto you!                                                                   That is deliver you to the torturers or the tormentors!                                                                                              If each of you, from your heart, does not forgive your brother or sister their trespasses.

Let’s close with Hebrews 12:                                                                                                                                     Vs. 5.  And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons, or as a spiritual child of God.  My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor, be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him!  Vs. 6.  For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.

By the way, Revelation 3: 19 says, as many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.  Therefore, be zealous and repent!

Now Hebrews 12: 7 continues, if you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; or spiritual children of God.                                                                                                                                                                          Because what son is there whom a father does not chasten?

Vs. 8.  But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.                                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 9.  Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?                                                                    Vs. 10.  For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.                                                                                                                             Vs. 11.  Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the moment, but it is painful. Nevertheless, afterward the chastening experience can yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

 09-09-2018  Part 22 

 As you know our current topic Since February 2018 Has Been, “To Forgive or Not To Forgive!”

Or, what the Bible truly teaches about forgiveness and unforgiveness when you are a child of God dealing with others!

However today, we will turn a corner and our topic will change some!

Because as we move forward no longer will we be challenge by what the Bible says or teaches us about forgiveness and unforgiveness when you are a child of God dealing with someone else who has sinned against you, or has mistreated you in some way!

Because no Bible Study about forgiveness and unforgiveness would be complete unless we also spend some time in God’s word being challenged to know and understand what the Bible says or teaches about seeking and receiving God’s forgiveness.  And not just forgiving one another, even as important as that is!

But, do we really understand what it is to personally seek and receive God’s

Forgiveness when we need it for ourselves!

Now with God’s help, there are two groups that our new topic will be addressing.

Because you or I are ether in one group or the other!

For example, our first group you might be in which our new topic will address is, seeking and receiving God’s forgiveness to be saved, born again, and to be a true child of God.  Because I am a sinner and I need God’s forgiveness!

Or, the second group you might be in which our new topic will address is, seeking and receiving God‘s forgiveness because I am saved, been born again, and by God’s Mercy and Grace, I am a true child of God.  Yet, I also need God‘s forgiveness, because I still sin unfortunately!

But before we get started, let me clarify a few words, that we will be using throughout this part of our series.

First, to seek or the seeking of someone or something.

As you may know this word can mean, looking for something that is hard or difficult to find.

Or, something that will require on your part, great effort or energy to obtain it.

But this is what I am referring to when I use the words seek or seeking!  This is someone who is not just waiting around, or procrastinating.  But initiating, and being intentional on their part to pursue the desired goal or outcome no matter what!

And that is what I am referring to, when I use the word ‘seeking!

Next, to receive or the receiving from someone or something.

And this is what I am referring to, rejecting my pridefulness and embracing humility.

Listen, to be able to acknowledge to myself that I need help or assistance.  Also, to be open and willing to let someone or something do for me, what I cannot do for myself.

And that is what I am referring to, when I use the word ‘receiving’!                       And lastly, the words God’s forgiveness.                                                               And this is what I am referring to, God’s willingness, ability, and sovereignty to give complete remission and an absolute pardon.

Listen, God’s forgiveness is God’s refusal to bring up, or revisit the matter.  God‘s forgiveness is His desire to reconcile and restore the fellowship between you and Himself.  But, for the unsaved person who is coming to saving faith through Jesus Christ.  God’s forgiveness is His desire to reconcile, and therefore, God bringing forth a new birth and a new relationship with that person and Himself!

Therefore, let us address our first group that you might be in.

For with God’s help, you have been seeking and wanting to receive God’s forgiveness so you can be saved, born again, and you can become a true child of God.  Because right now you recognize that you are a sinner.  That you are lost.  That you are spiritually dead and in need of God’s forgiveness!

Now notice Romans 3: 23, for all have sinned, and have fallen short of the Glory of God!

A paraphrase of Romans 3: 23, says it this way, “For every one has sinned, because of their fallen nature.  And therefore, every one falls, or comes short of the Glory of God, that lofty and impeccable, that Holy standard of God that is perfect and just.”

Listen, you need God’s forgiveness, because you have sinned at some point, and at some time.  And because of your fallen nature from Adam and Eve, everything you do to become a better or a good person!

Or, everything you do to help, or donate, or even sacrifice to make things better.

All of it still comes up short to the Glory of God, that lofty and impeccable, that holy standard of God that is perfect and just.

Listen, if you are here today and you recognize with God’s help, that you are in this first group.

And you have been seeking and wanting to receive God’s forgiveness so you can be saved, born again, and you can become a true child of God.  Because you know that you are a sinner.  That you are lost.  That you are spiritually dead and in need of God‘s forgiveness!

Then notice Ephesians 1: 7.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins According to the riches of His Grace.

Listen, with God’s help if you have been seeking and wanting to receive God‘s forgiveness so you can be saved, born again, and you can become a true child of God.  Because you know that you are a sinner.  That you are lost.  That you are spiritually dead and in need of God‘s forgiveness!

Then notice Ephesians 2:                                                                                          Vs. 1. Because of you, God made you alive spiritually, you who were dead in trespasses and sins, spiritually! And what was that like?  Was that a good thing or a bad thing?                                                              Vs. 2.  In which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the Prince of the Power of the air, he is that spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,                                                   Vs. 3.  Also, we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.                                                               Vs. 4.  But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,                                 Vs. 5.  even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with or in Christ by Grace you have been saved,                                Vs. 6.  and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,                Vs. 7.  So that in the ages to come, God might show the exceeding riches of His Grace and His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus                                                 Vs. 8.  For by Grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,       Vs. 9.  Not of works, lest anyone should boast.                                                         Vs. 10.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

 09-16-2018  Part 23

Let’s return back to our Newest topic that we started last Sunday called, Seeking And Receiving God’s Forgiveness When We Need It For Ourselv

Let’s return back to our newest topic that we started last Sunday called, Seeking and Receiving God’s Forgiveness When We Need It For Ourselves!

For with God’s help, this will be a close-up look at one of the most important subjects in all the Bible.

Listen, seeking and receiving God’s forgiveness when we need it for ourselves, is often times misunderstood by many who believe that God‘s forgiveness is either automatic.  Or, it is unconditional.  Or, there are some who think that you can reject or neglect God‘s forgiveness And there will be no eternal consequences! Or, you have received God‘s forgiveness as a child of God, and therefore there will be no, “you reap what you sow!”

But do you and I really understand what it is to personally seek and receive God’s forgiveness when we need it for ourselves?

Just using the words seeking and receiving God‘s forgiveness, throws a lot of people off!

Remember, last time we defined what it meant to seek, or to be seeking someone or something?

For this is what I am referring to when I use the words, seek or seeking!

This is someone who is not just waiting around, or procrastinating.  But initiating, and being intentional on their part, to pursue the desired goal or outcome no matter what!                                                      And that is what I am referring to when I use the word, seeking!

Next, to receive or, the receiving from someone or something.                              And this is what I am referring to rejecting my pridefulness and embracing humility.

Listen, to be able to acknowledge to myself that I need help or assistance.

Also, to be open and willing to let someone or something do for me, what I cannot do for myself.  And that is what I am referring to, when I use the word, receiving!                           And lastly, the Words God’s forgiveness.                                                                     And this is what I am referring to, God’s willingness, ability, and sovereignty to give complete remission and an absolute pardon.

Listen, God’s forgiveness is God’s refusal to bring up, or revisit the matter.  God‘s forgiveness is His desire to reconcile and restore the fellowship between you and Himself.  But for the unsaved person who is coming to saving faith through Jesus Christ.  God’s forgiveness is His desire to reconcile, and therefore, God bringing forth a new birth and a new relationship with that person and Himself!

And last Sunday, we acknowledged that there were two groups of people that God is willing and able to forgive!

For we are either in one group or the other!

For example, the first group you might be in which God is willing and able to forgive those who are seeking and receiving His forgiveness to be saved, born again, and to become a true child of God.  Because they know with God’s help, that they are a sinner, and they need and want God’s forgiveness!

Next, the second group you might be in which God is willing and able to forgive those who are seeking and receiving His forgiveness are those who have been saved, born again.  And by God’s mercy and grace they are a true child of God.  Yet, they also know that they need and want God’s forgiveness because unfortunately they still sin!

So which group are you in?                                                                                    The first group, or the second group!

This Sunday, let’s continue to address the first group that you, or someone you know and love might Be in.  Because that person that has been seeking and wanting to receive God’s forgiveness, they recognize that they are a sinner.  And that they are spiritually dead.  Yet, they can also know with the help of the Holy Spirit, that only God can saved them, and cause them to be born again, and truly forgiven by God!

But before we begin, let’s briefly address a concept that we are very familiar with, and is an obsession within our current culture, and that is the pursuit of fairness and Equality, Justice, or Justice for all!

Question, but why do you and I care so much about such things as fairness and equality, or justice, or justice for all?

Listen, from our childhood, even until now whatever our age is, this concept really matters to you and me!

But again, why do you and I care so much about such things as fairness and equality, or justice, or justice for all?

Quote Genesis 1: 26a.                                                                                               “Then God said, let Us make man in Our own image, according to Our likeness.”

The answer is, because this concern within, this care that we have, it comes from God, and He has given it unto all who are made in His image, and in His likeness.

Listen, God really, really, cares about fairness and justice!

Now notice Romans 3:                                                                                                     Vs. 10.  As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one;                                      Vs. 11.  There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.            Vs. 12.  They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.                                                                  Vs. 13.  Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit; The poison of asps is under their lips;                                                                Vs. 14.  Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.                                                    Vs. 15.  Their feet are swift to shed blood;                                                                     Vs. 16.  Destruction and misery are in their ways;                                                         Vs. 17.  And the way of peace they have not known.                                                         Vs. 18.  There is no fear of God before their eyes.                                                         Vs. 19.  Now we know that whatever the Law says, it says to those who are under the Law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world, all of its inhabitants, may become guilty before God.

But there is some good news, because there someone who can forgive us in our guilty state!

Now notice Mark 2:                                                                                                          Vs. 5.  When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, or Palsy, son, or child, your sins are forgiven you!                                                                                      Vs. 6.   And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts,       Vs. 7.   Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?                                                                                                                   Vs. 8.  But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit, that they reasoned within themselves. But Jesus He said to them, why do you reason about these things in your hearts?                                                                                                 Vs. 9.  Which is easier, to say to the paralytic or Palsy, your sins are forgiven you, or to say, arise, take up your bed and walk?                                                           Vs. 10.  But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins, then He said to the paralytic or Palsy.

By the way, did Jesus ever claimed or called Himself the Son of Man?

Notice Matthew 16: 13.  And when Jesus came into the coastline of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked His disciples, saying, who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?

Now notice again, Mark 2: 11 continues, And Jesus I said unto the man, arise take up your bed and go to your house.

Listen, Jesus healed the man, after He Had forgiven the man!

Question, does the Son of Man Who is Jesus Christ, have power or authority on earth to forgive sins?

Ephesians 1: 7.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His Grace.

Notice Colossians 1: 13&14.                                                                                  Vs. 13.  Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the Kingdom of His dear Son:                                                                            Vs. 14.  In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Question, but does the Son of Man who is Jesus Christ, have power, or the authority on earth to forgive any kind of sins?

For example, notice Galatians 5: 19.  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,                                                          Vs. 20.  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,                                                                      Vs. 21.  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like.  Of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Final question, does the Son of Man have power, or the authority on earth to forgive sins permanently?

Psalms 130: 3&4.                                                                                                        Vs. 3.  If You, LORD should mark, or retain, or treasure up in memory.  iniquities, O Lord who could stand?                                                                                           Vs. 4.  But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared, or to be held in awe, or admiration, or reverence.

Close with Micah 7: 18&19.                                                                                          Vs. 18.  Who is a God like You, pardoning or forgiving iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?                                                 For He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy.                 Vs. 19.  He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue or capture our iniquities.  And You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.