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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.

Forgiveness Releases.

~ 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. 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. 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 . . .”

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