by Fred Lowery

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Forgiveness (3 of 9)
Series: Tangled
Dr. Fred Lowery
Colossians 2:14; Romans 6:11; Romans 8:2, 4; Mark 11:25; Luke 6:37; Colossians 3:13; Ephesians 4:32
April 25, 2010

The bumper sticker on a truck said she left me nothing but the blame. Forgive her - are you kidding? After what she has done to me. No Way - do you understand that we cannot control the offenses against us, the hurts that come against us. We cannot always control what people do to us but we can control our response to those hurts. We can respond the way God wants us to respond. The little boy in his prayer was trying to pray like he remembered hearing in church. And he said, Lord, forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets. And he understood that we are to forgive and we are to receive forgiveness. Maybe something happened years ago and the rest of your life, from that day to that event happened, your life has been controlled by whatever happened twenty or thirty years ago. Or maybe when you pillow your head at night, your mind begins to think of something that happened in your marriage. Something that you haven't been able to get over or you haven't been able to get beyond. Or maybe you are just working on the outside; this is where most people are. We work on the outside because we want everybody to think we are doing fine and we are covering up a tangled mess on the inside. Now we are talking about detangling our lives and here is what I want you to understand. We cannot detangle the present in our lives unless we first deal with and let go of the past. As long as we allow what's happened in the past to keep holding us back then we are not going to get anywhere in getting detangled. Now let me give you three reasons why we can't live in the past. Number one it is impossible. I mean you can't turn one second - you can't go back one second. You can't call back one yesterday. You can't go back and undo or change anything in the past. The ...

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