Forgiveness Is Based on Forgiveness
How should we then live is the title of a book that was written several years ago. That is a relevant question for us today. We are exploring biblical truth on how we are to live our lives. Today, I want us to consider the fact that forgiveness is based on forgiveness.
The Model Prayer was given to us by Jesus. This is an example of how we are to pray. For instance, we are to reverence the Father, seek His will, pray for daily bread, ask for forgiveness and give forgiveness, and praise God.
But today, I want us to consider the fact that to receive forgiveness from God we must extend forgiveness to others. Why would I suggest that we need to learn to forgive? There is no way we will live our lives without getting hurt. Forgiveness is the key to how we handle our hurts.
Let me ask you a question this morning, and I want you to be honest with yourself and God. Who has hurt you the most so far in this life? When did it happen? Was it a family member who hurt you? Was it a friend or a business associate? I have been hurt before to the extent that I lost sleep over it, lost my appetite, felt stressed out, and fretted over it.
One of the great challenges as a Christian is how do we handle that hurt? How do you respond to it? How do you free yourself from it? Some of you are being controlled by someone who hurt you. They have gotten into your head. Sounds silly doesn't it. You got hurt years ago and you are still being controlled by it.
The most immediate reaction to being hurt is revenge. Did you know there are several books out on how to get revenge? There is even a series of books out entitled Get Even, volume 1, 2, and 3. There is even a business that will send your enemy flowers. They are dead flowers, of course.
One of my former staff members was called by one of his former members who is a dentist. This supposed friend pretended to be an IRS agent. He had my minister of music ben ...
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