Sunday Morning Sermon Notes

  • A Mother’s Day & Father’s Day message.  Part 1, Part 2
  • “You Shall Know The Truth And The Truth Shall Set You Free!”  Part 9   

 

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A Mother’s Day & Father’s Day message.  Part 1.

05-13-2018   Part 1   

A Mother’s Day & Father’s Day message.  Part 1.

This year for both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day there will be a change for us as a church family.                    With God’s help, Yours-Truly will be ministering this year.

Typically, the Senior Pastor of a local church usually ministers on these occasions Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

But for several years now, I truly believe that God wanted us as a church family to hear from others on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

And yes, as the Lord leads, we will in the days ahead have other guest speakers to minister unto us on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

But, for this year, pray for me also for I would Like to be used of the Lord to speak to anyone here who Is, or who will be one day in a parenting role, raising up the next generation!

Also, this morning’s message from the LORD will be in two parts.  And Part 1 begins today on Mother’s Day!  And then, next month June 17, will be Part 2 on Father’s Day.

So then, let’s start this morning with Part 1.                                                                                                    Although God’s message to us this morning will be directed to both the mothers and the fathers.                  But, it will be especially directed to any female who is in a mothering role in somebody’s life.

Therefore, I have a question for all of us as mothers and fathers, or who will be one day, raising up the next generation!

Question, “What would God have every mother and father to know and to do for their child or children no matter what their age, or whether or not it is Mother’s Day, or any other Day?”  What does God want every mother and father to know about their child or their children, Amen!

Notice Psalms 127: 3 KJV or NKJV.                                                                                                                    Behold, children are a heritage or inheritance from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.

So, what would God have every mother and father to know about their child or children no matter what their age, on Mother’s Day, and every day?

Well, notice again Psalms 127: 3                                                                                                                                 The KJV, NKJV, Says, “Behold, children are a heritage or inheritance from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”

NASB Says, “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”

Also, the contemporary English version of the Bible says, “Children are a blessing and a gift from the LORD.”

But in the Hebrew language this word that is translated in most of our English Bibles as heritage or inheritance, actually comes from the Hebrew word נַחֲלָה nachălâh, from H5157.

In its usual sense, this word can mean an heirloom; An item of great value and meaning.     A heritage, or to inherit a possession given.  Patrimony or portion.

In fact, the English word ‘heirloom’, in popular usage today is referring to something perhaps an antique, or some kind of special jewelry that has been passed down for generations through family members.

So then, the LORD is saying to us “Children are not only a heritage, or inheritance.  Or a blessing and a gift!

But the LORD is saying to us that a child or children are heirlooms from the LORD!  They have great value and meaning.                                                                                                                                                                          And you and I have inherited a possession that belongs to another God but, has been given unto us!

Listen, to be able to conceive, and carry a child to term, and to give birth.                                                        The child is to be seen by both mother and father as an heirloom from the LORD, having great value and meaning to you.

Now, something else about Psalm 127: 3 to be pointed out!                                                                                    Remember, a child or children are heirlooms from the LORD! They Have great value and meaning!

Well, here in Psalm 127: 3a, the LORD is making a bold and prophetic statement about children.                      Notice vs. 3 again, “A child or children are heirlooms from the LORD!    Listen, most of the time as parents.        Or, anyone who is raising up the as mothers and fathers of the next generation.                                                    It can be hard for us sometime to see our child or children as heirlooms from the LORD!                            •Especially when they’re acting up and acting out!                                                                                              •Especially when they’re being disobedient and disrespectful!                                                                    •Especially when they have at this time, rejected the faith and they’re living according to the god of this world.

Listen, it may be very hard for you to see your child or children as heirlooms from the LORD!                          But, remember here in Psalm 127:3a, our God makes a bold and prophetic statement about children.

And you know what?  In Romans 4:17b, our God made a bold and prophetic statement about Abraham and Sarah!                                                                                                                                                                          Listen, Romans 4:17b, says that God has the ability to quicken the dead, or make a live, or to make one productive.  And In this case, the life-long infertility of Sarah, along with the advance old age of Abraham.   But Romans 4:17b, continues by saying, that God has the ability to, “call those things which be not as though they were!”

Listen, since God said in His Word in Psalm 127:3a, “A child or children are heirlooms from the LORD!”              And since God has the ability to call those things which be not as though they were!

Then ask God to help you as a mother or as a father who is raising up the next generation.  No matter their age, ask God to help you to believe what He says, and to trust what He is able to do!

So, what else would God have every mother and father to know and to do for their child or children no matter what their age?

Whether or not it is Mother’s Day, or any other day!   What does God want every mother and father to know about their child or their children?

See Psalms 51: 5.  King David speaking about himself. “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”

In the King James Version, of Psalms 51: 5. “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

In the New Living Translation of Psalms 51: 5. “For I was born a sinner, yes, even from the moment my mother conceived me.”

Also see Psalms 58: 3.  King David speaking about Himself and others.  Vs. 3.  ”The wicked are estranged from the womb; They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.”

These two verses, Psalms 51: 5 & Psalms 58: 3, along with many others from the Bible prove a shocking reality, and an undisputed truth.

Listen, the depravity or the sin nature of mankind for each one of us as human beings, begins before we are born.                                                                                                                                                                        Because, as you can see, it is a spiritual problem, and it is an internal problem.

Listen, our problem within has nothing to do with the external things we tend to focus on, or those things we try to make better for our children.  For educationally, an economical example, materially, socially, racially, politically.

Because we are facing a spiritual problem, an internal problem!    Therefore, we must believe and trust in the Lord that He has done and He is doing everything necessary on the behalf of your child or your children.

But I must also realize and facilitate my child spiritual need for a Savior and LORD in the person of Jesus Christ.  How do you do that?

So how do we, as parents according to the Bible and not according to our culture be proactive in facilitating and participating in my child or children’s spiritual need for a Savior and LORD in the person of Jesus Christ?

See Proverbs 22: 6.  Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it.                                                    

Question.  What will it take for you as a mother or as a father to train up your child or children in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it?                                                                            Well first, it will take the exposure and the living out as a family, the Scriptures on a regular basis.

See II Timothy 3:15.  And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Remember Romans 10:17. So, then, Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God!

06-17-018   Part 2  

This morning’s message from the LORD is actually, Part two.

You might remember last month on Mother’s Day 2018, we shared Part one.

So then, this will be a continuation of a very important topic that will be directed again to both the fathers and the mothers, and to those who would like to be one day!

But for this morning, especially, it will be directed to any male who is in a fathering role in someone’s life or, would like to be one day!

And therefore, I have a question, for all of us as fathers and mothers, and those who will be one day raising up the next generation?

Question, “What would God have every father and mother to know and to do for their child or children, no matter what their age?

Whether or not it is Father’s Day, or any other day?”

What does God want every father and mother to know about their child or their children?

Notice Proverbs 22: 6.  Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it.

Listen the phrase, “train up a child,” implies we must be intentional, purposeful, and personal!                          Also, the phrase, “train up a child,” is not telling you to be a Drill Sergeant.

So then, what will it take for you as a mother, or as a father to train up your child or children, in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it?

Listen, it will take our involvement in strategic intercessory prayers unto God, for the salvation and spiritual development of your child or children, on a daily basis. 

See I Timothy 2: 1-6.                                                                                                                                                   Vs. 1.  Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers (intercessions), and giving of thanks be made for all men, everyone!  Your child or your children!                                                                                                Vs.  2.  For kings, and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

Vs. 3.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, that we would pray for others!                  Vs. 4.  For God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.                                        Vs. 5.  For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,                              Vs. 6.  Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Next, what will it take for you as a mother or, as a father, to train up your child or children, in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it?

Listen, daily, you as the parent we must be filled with the Holy Spirit!

Why? So that God the Holy Spirit Who indwells you, may teach you about family formation and development from a Biblical perspective.  And not according to a worldly perspective!

Listen, the term, “family formation and development.”  It may sound very fancy or very technical.

But according to the Bible, it is quite simple and very necessary in training up your child or children, in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from It?

Listen, the term, “family formation and development at least from a Biblical perspective, and not according to a worldly perspective.

Listen, family formation and development has to do with what the Bible says and teaches is the best way to make a family work God’s way!                                                                                                                            Whether, it’s between a husband and wife.                                                                                                        Whether, it’s between children and their parent or parents.                                                                                   Or, whether, it’s between a child or children with their parent or parents.  Only the Holy Spirit is the One who is qualified and is able to empower us to achieve, a family formation and development that is Biblical and not worldly.

But first, as parents we must be filled daily with the Holy Spirit!

See Ephesians 5:                                                                                                                                                        Vs. 18.  And do not be drunk with wine in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit!

Listen, day by day being filled with the Holy Spirit is allowing the Holy Spirit to teach you from the Bible and from Ministries that have Biblical resources about marriage, parenting, family formation and development.

By the way, if you would like a referral about some of the Ministries that offer such resources, please get in touch with me I would love to help!

Now, for example, here in Ephesians 5: 21, for the Holy Spirit is the One Who is qualified and is able to empower us to achieve, these very high standards that can bring about family formation and development that is Biblical and not Worldly.

And if you are married, or one day you would like to be, then please pay close attention to these next several verses here in Ephesians 5.

Notice Ephesians 5: 21                                                                                                                                           “Submitting to one another in the fear of God.”

Listen being an example of submitting to one another in the fear of God, it is so important for our children to see us practice.

And again, only God the Holy Spirit within you can change your attitude, your excuses, or your ignorance to do what the Bible teaches in this section.

So, what does submitting to one another in the fear of God look like when you are a wife, and when you are a husband?

Notice first, if you are a wife, or would like to be one say, vs. 22-24.                                                                    Vs. 22.  Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  Why?                                                                    Vs. 23.  For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.                                                                                                                                                                            Vs. 24.  Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

Next, what does submitting to one another in the fear of God looks like when you are a husband?                                                                                                     

Notice vs. 25. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.            Vs. 28.  So, husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.   Vs. 29.  For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.

Vs. 33.  Nevertheless, let each one of you (husband or wife) in particular, so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

And therefore, this is what submitting to one another is the fear of God looks like when you are a wife, or when you are a husband!

Next question, what does submitting to one another in the fear of God looks like when you are a minor or a young adult living with your parent, parents. What does submitting to one another in the fear of God looks like between you and your parent or parents?

See Ephesians 6:                                                                                                                                                          Vs. 1.  Children, obey or harken unto your parents, in the Lord, for this is right!                                                        Vs. 2.  Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise:                                            Vs. 3.  that it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.

And therefore, this is what submitting to one another In the fear of God, looks like when you are a minor or a young adult living with your parent, parents.

And finally, here in Ephesians 6: 4, what does submitting to one another in the fear of God looks like, when you are a parent dealing with your child or children?

See Ephesians 6: 4, and you, fathers, or parents do not provoke your child or children unto wrath but, bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

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

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.