Monthly Archives: March 2010


Forgiveness-Part Four, Facing Truth & Reality

Forgiveness-Part Four
Facing Truth & Reality

Some of the information will be from the book Choosing Forgiveness John & Paula Sandford and Lee Bowman. Because we will be talking about Forgiveness, we will also be covering the topic of personal woundings.

Facing Truth and Reality
Where are we on the journey toward forgiveness?

Forgiveness not really given
The difficult thing about forgiveness is that we often think we have forgiven when in reality we have not. We give lip service to having forgiven, but then we harbor grudges in our heart. Most of us labor under the difficulty of really letting go of our hurts. In fact we sometimes seem quite proud of our grudges.

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Forgiveness-Part Three-Choosing Forgiveness

Forgiveness-Part Three
Choosing to Forgive

Some of the concepts are from the book Choosing Forgiveness John & Paula Sandford and Lee Bowman. Because we will be talking about Forgiveness, we will also be covering the topic of personal woundings.

CHOOSING TO FORGIVE
Many people don’t want to be told that getting into position to receive the grace of forgiveness from God will require working daily at the discipline of forgiving others. They don’t want to be told they must go through the effort of constantly blessing those who hurt them. (Remember, blessing someone does not require you to be abused by them. Many times there is a need to set boundaries.)

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Forgiveness-Part Two-Option or Necessity?

FORGIVENESS–OPTION OR NECESSITY
If we are to be happy, healthy, and grow in relationships with others, forgiveness is not an option, it is a necessity.

God gives us ability to make choices, but we must live with the results of our choosing. We can be stuck with unforgiveness forever and be miserable, or we can choose to forgive and enjoy the benefits of freedom it brings.
"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." Matthew 6:14-15 (Note, there is nothing in these verses about the person repenting first.)

Laws of God
Just as we know that certain laws of physics are unalterably true and predictable, so we should understand that God has spiritual laws which are true and predictable.

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Forgiveness-Part One-Introduction

Forgiveness-Part One
Introduction

Some of the information will be from the book Choosing Forgiveness by John & Paula Sandford and Lee Bowman. Because we will be talking about Forgiveness, we will also be covering the topic of personal woundings.

The very first thing we want to say about forgiveness is that IT IS NOT EASY when there has been serious emotional, physical, or spiritual wounding. And yet we are commanded by God to forgive. We need the mercy and grace of God when we are talking about and considering forgiveness. As we look at God’s Word on the principle of forgiveness, remember there is no condemnation in Jesus Christ.

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Mercy-Part Eight-Examples of Mercy

Mercy-Part Eight
Examples of Mercy

King David
We assume most of you know the story of King David and Bathsheba. It is found in 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25. David had sexual intercourse with Bathsheba, she became pregnant, David had her husband killed in the battleground, David married Bathsheba, and their child died.

King David committed adultery and murder. Justice would demand that David be dethroned and killed. The mercy of God spared David’s life and allowed him to continue to be king. Most of us would have demanded that David be punished, in fact, demand that he receive the death penalty. However, in God’s wisdom, He knew that David would repent of his sin. The Lord used this story to show us an example of His never ending mercy. Mercy was given when it was not deserved.

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Mercy-Part Seven-Mercy and Justice

Mercy-Part Seven
Mercy and Justice

In this set of nuggets we have been emphasizing the mercy of God. It is very evident in Scripture that our God is a God of mercy. We have also acknowledged that most Christians need to more proactive in offering mercy to themselves and others. There has been too much legalism in the Body of Christ. However, our God is also a God of justice. In our nuggets we always try to bring balance in the topics we discuss. So, before we end this series of nuggets we should share on the justice of God. We acknowledge there could be a series of nuggets on the word justice.

As we look at justice, we need to recognize that justice and mercy are not opposites. They are just different reflections of God’s character.

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Mercy-Part Six-Giving Mercy to Others

Mercy-Part Six
Giving Mercy to Others
 

In our last nugget we spoke on giving mercy to ourselves. This is very critical. If we are not able to love ourselves and give mercy to ourselves, we will not be able to give mercy to others.

Giving Mercy to Others
One of the big hindrances that stops people from giving mercy to others is ‘we do not believe they deserve mercy’. The reality is none of us deserve mercy. The Bible says, "There is none righteous, not even one;" Romans 3:10.

Mercy is not given because it is deserved. It is given because of the loving kindness of Almighty God. Our Heavenly Father sees the plight of someone and chooses to give them mercy–compassion, pity, forbearance, sympathy. His heart is touched with their need and He gives out a blessing to them. Instead of them reaping the consequences of their actions or the action of others, they are given a blessing. That is the love of God.

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Mercy-Part Five-Giving Mercy to Ourselves

Mercy-Part Five
Giving Mercy to Ourselves

Like any other Bible principle, it takes more than learning about the principle. God calls out to apply the principle in our personal lives. My God wants me to more than know all about mercy, He wants me to give mercy to myself and others.

Origin of God’s Mercy
The mercy that flows from God is based upon His character. It is a part of His being. It’s source is Him. Mercy is something that flows from Him automatically.

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Mercy-Part Four-Biblical Principles

Mercy-Part Four
Biblical Principles

Jesus and Mercy
Many times in the Bible people cried out to Jesus for mercy–blind men, mother with demon-possessed daughter, father with lunatic son, and lepers. Every time that a person cried out for mercy for themselves or another person, Jesus answered their request.

Most of the requests for mercy were because a person needed to be physically healed. During the Old Testament times and the time of Jesus, most people believed that sickness was caused by sin. So it makes sense that they would cry out to Jesus for mercy. He did not correct their theology, he just answered their requests and healed the blind, lepers, demon-possessed.

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Mercy-Part Three-Bible Verses

Mercy-Part Three
Bible Verses

The following are verses with the word mercy in them. We could also list verses with pity and compassion, but since these are suppose be ‘nuggets’, we will stay with the word mercy.

Isaiah 63:9
In all their affliction He was afflicted,
And the angel of His presence saved them;
In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them;
And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.

Daniel 4:27
‘Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you: break away now from your sins by doing righteousness, and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor, in case there may be a prolonging of your prosperity.’

Matthew 5:7
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

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