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Offering Grace (14 of 14)
Series: Amazing Grace
If you have God's Word this morning, I want you to turn to Ephesians 4:32. I am going to speak this morning on my last message in the grace series called "Offering Grace". We have studied about saving grace, sustaining grace, redeeming grace, strengthening grace, but we need now to talk about how you and I can pass the grace of God on to other people. God didn't just give us the grace of God for our selves; God gave us the grace of God that we might extend it to others in our life.
Jesus said, "Freely you have received, freely give." Just as you have received the grace of God, you become a channel through which God can pour His grace in to the lives of others. And we do that by forgiving others when they wrong us. So that is what Ephesians 4:32 is talking about, how we ought to forgive one another in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
Notice this phrase "in Christ" because that is the only way you can forgive someone who has hurt you, who has abused you, who has wronged you. The only way it can be done is through the miracle of the grace of God that lives in you as a believer in Jesus Christ – offering grace.
Someone said to live above with those that we love that will be glory. To live here below with those that we know, well that is a different story! We find that true, but we are to live by grace here on this earth. And that is what this passage is all about – to forgive one another just as God in Christ has forgiven you. The only way you can do it is by the grace of God.
I. THE REALITY OF GRACE
First of all I want us to look at the reality of grace. Because there are a lot of shoty ideas, a lot of misconceptions about what forgiveness is, so the reality of forgiveness through God's grace. What is forgiveness? I want to say forgiveness is n ...
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