Remember Forgiveness (8 of 14) by Dennis Marquardt

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Remember Forgiveness (8 of 14)
Series: Remember
Dennis Marquardt
Matthew 5:21-26

INTRO: The biggest problems among Christians that can hinder a proper witness of Christ's love are the myriad small things that often go unforgiven! It is rarely the big issues that go unforgiven; it is usually a host of little things that rub us the wrong way that we cling to. All this irritation and unforgiveness builds up and creates a wall in relationships. At the base however of spirituality is not how well we learn doctrines or how well we learn to properly worship or even how well we follow religious guidelines, it is how MUCH LIKE JESUS WE ARE, AND THIS INCLUDES BEING FORGIVEN AND FORGIVING others!

There will always be sources of irritations to distract us from loving others, we need to grow up and learn to forgive or we will miss out on what it really means to be spiritual! It is impossible to be spiritual without experiencing forgiveness, both accepting it and giving it unconditionally!

ILLUS: A MAN WHO WORKED IN THE POST OFFICE HAD A GROUCHY OLD MAN COME IN ONE DAY. THE OLD GROUCH ASKED THE POSTAL WORKER IF HE WOULD PLEASE WRITE OUT FOR HIM A POST CARD. THE OLD GROUCH INSTRUCTED HIM WHAT TO WRITE AND HOW TO ADDRESS THE POST CARD. AFTER SPENDING QUITE SOME TIME WRITING OUT IN FULL THE MESSAGE THE MAN WANTED WRITTEN THE POST OFFICE WORKER ASKED, "IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I CAN DO FOR YOU SIR?" THE OLD GROUCH LOOKED AT THE CARD AND SAID, "YES, COULD YOU ADD A P.S. AND WRITE: 'PLEASE EXCUSE THE SLOPPY HANDWRITING!"' IT IS THE MYRIAD OF THINGS LIKE THIS THAT BUILD UP IN OUR HEARTS WITH UNFORGIVENESS THAT ROB US OF BEING LIKE JESUS! – SOURCE UNKNOWN

We tend to put lots of energy in being busy for the Lord and learning Scripture and how to praise and worship, but we need first to learn to be like Christ in forgiveness and then the other stuff will find their proper expression and meaning!

PROP SENT: The Bible teaches that nothing is as important as being i ...


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