"FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER"
INTRODUCTION: Ephesians 4:3 says,
“Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving
one another even as God in Christ has forgiven you.”
An unforgiving spirit creates all kinds of problems in the
life of an individual. In my pastoral ministry I have
counseled some who have physical difficulties, not because
of sickness, not because of injury, but because of attitudes
in their hearts. Many psychiatrists have observed that
people who have emotional problems often have an unforgiving
spirit. That's why Paul was directed by the Holy Sprit to
write Ephesians 4:30,32.
ILL. Of death from bitterness
“And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby
ye are sealed unto the day of redemption; let all
bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and
evil speaking be put away from you with all malice,
and be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another even as God for Christ’s sake
has forgiven you.”
This morning let's simply try to answer a few questions
about this matter of family forgiveness. Remember, Paul
is not talking about God's forgiving us of our sins for
salvation; he was talking about family members forgiving
one another misunderstanding and grievances. Those in
the church family who needed to forgive one another is
I. WHAT ARE THE EVIDENCES OF AN UNFORGIVING SPIRIT?
1. A corrupted communication.
I think the greatest evidence is the way we
talk about people. In this message, Paul had a
great deal to say about speech. For example he
said in Eph. 4:29:
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of
your mouth, but that which is good and to the
use of edifying or building up, that it may
minister grace to the hearers.”
When we have an unforgiving spirit we say things
About people that we should not say. Have you noticed that?
ILL. In Verse 31 Paul talked about
evil speaking. I'm the kind of p ...
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