Sermon Outline, June 26, 2016, “Jesus is Greater than Bitterness”
Jesus is Greater than Bitterness
Genesis 42 – 45
Forgiveness requires Proactivity.
Forgiveness takes the First Step.
~ Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
Forgiveness takes a Risk.
~ Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Forgiveness requires a Strong Spirit.
Forgiveness hopes People will Change.
~ Colossians 3:13 “. . . bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”
Full Fellowship requires People to Change.
~ Luke 13:3 “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
~ Acts 3:19 “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord . . .”
Forgiveness requires Release.
~ I Peter 2:24 “. . . and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”
~ Isaiah 53:4-6 “Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.”
Forgiveness makes four promises:
I will not think about this incident.
I will not bring up this incident again and use it against you.
I will not talk to others about this incident.
I will not allow this incident to stand between us or hinder our personal relationship.
~ I Corinthians 13:5 “. . . does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered . . .”