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The Bridge Of Freedom (4 of 5)
Series: Burning Bridges - Destroying Harmful Habit Patterns and Experiencing Real Change
''Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.''
Matthew 5:7-8 (NIV)
''Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.'' -Matthew 5:7 (NIV)
RESTORATION STEP 5:
I recognize I need forgiveness like everyone else.
Therefore, I choose forgiveness over bitterness.
•The barrier of bitterness keeps me stuck in the past.
''Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.'' Hebrews 12:15 (NLT)
•The bridge of forgiveness leads to freedom.
''But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.'' Mark 11:25 (NLT)
How Do I Take This Step?
1. I choose to admit my hurt.
''Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.'' Colossians 3:13 (LB)
2. I choose to release my offender.
''Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.''' Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)
''Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.'' Luke 6:28 (NIV)
''Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.'' Matt. 5:8 (NIV)
RESTORATION STEP 6:
I let God examine my heart. I admit my sins and
destructive habits to myself, God, and someone I trust.
•The barrier of guilt keeps me stuck in the past.
''A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance.'' Proverbs 28:13 (LB)
•The bridge of grace leads me to freedom.
''What happiness for th ...
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