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Forgiving Others (5 of 7)
Series: Freedom Of Forgiveness
Message Truth: An unforgiving spirit places us in emotional and spiritual bondage. We have been totally forgiven through the cross of Jesus Christ. No believer has grounds for not forgiving another person.
Eph. 4:32 And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Introduction: Senator Mark Hatfield recounts the following history:
James Garfield was a lay preacher and principal of his denominational college. They say he was ambidextrous and could simultaneously write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other.
In 1880, he was elected president of the United States, but after only six months in office, he was shot in the back with a revolver. He never lost consciousness. At the hospital, the doctor probed the wound with his little finger to seek the bullet. He couldn't find it, so he tried a silver-tipped probe. Still he couldn't locate the bullet.
They took Garfield back to Washington, D.C. Despite the summer heat, they tried to keep him comfortable. He was growing very weak. Team of doctors tried to locate the bullet, probing the wound over and over. In desperation they asked Alexander Graham Bell, who was working on a little device called the telephone to see if he could locate the metal inside the president's body. He came, he sought, and he too failed.
The president hung on through July and August, but in September he finally died- not from the wound but from the infection. The repeated probing, which the physicians thought would help the man, eventually killed him.
So it is with people who dwell too long on their hurt and refuse to release it to God. Forgiveness is the way to freedom and life.
SIX REASONS WHY WE REFUSE TO FORGIVE
2. Pride. If I forgive my forgiving spirit will be seen as weakness.
3. Low self-esteem. Unfair circumstances become a point ...
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