by Stan Coffey

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How Can I Handle My Hurts? (5 of 12)
Series: When We Ask How
Stan Coffey
Matthew 6:12,14

I. God Has Forgiven Me
II. Resentment Does Not Work
III. We Are Going To Need Forgiveness Again
IV. Forgive Them Positively

And we thank you for the Holy Spirit. You have promised that the Holy Spirit will guide us and teach us and that He will bring to our remembrance all the things that you have said to us and so we pray and claim the Holy Spirit's guidance today. Lord, how we pray today that you will take this instrument, this vessel and fill me with your power and with your love and wisdom through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and we will give you praise and honor and glory for we ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.

Alright today we want to talk about how can I handle my hurts. We are going to look at the Lord's prayer just for a moment because when we ask how we go to the pattern of Jesus. Jesus taught the Lord's prayer in what we call the model prayer in a response to a question from the disciples who said, ''Lord teach us to pray.''

And in Matthew 6:9 He begins to teach us how we are to pray and He comes down to verse 12 to teach us about forgiveness. He says, ''AND FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS AS WE HAVE ALSO FORGIVEN OUR DEBTORS.''

Why is this word of forgiveness in the pattern prayer? Because forgiveness is the key when we look at how to handle our hurts. If I were to ask you this morning who is it in your life who has hurt you the most you probably could think of it immediately or at what point were you hurt the most and what person hurt you the most.

You probably could think of it immediately because most of us have had an experience in life where somebody who was a friend or somebody who was a family member did something that continues to hurt us even now.

And one of the great challenges we face as Christians is how to deal with that hurt, how we can respond to it and how we can be free from it. If you are still suffering because someone hurt you ...

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