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Increase our Obedience - by Michael Phillips
A Lesson in Forgiveness - Part 5 of 8
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Luke 17:1-10
Apr 22, 2007 am - With God's help, we will finish the series today which we started several weeks ago; it's called A Lesson in Forgiveness. Our teacher is Jesus Christ, who has a double authority to teach it. Firstly, because He is God, and this means His Words are orders to be obeyed, and not advice to be mulled over, taken or not, as we think best. Supporting His authority is our Lord's example. What kind of Man was He? Many things could be said here: He was a holy man, a wise man, a brave man, and so on. But, most of all, He was a Suffering Man, and not just suffering the expected problems of living in the world, but suffering a deep and wide and, finally, a deadly hatred. How did He respond to the malice of His enemies and the disloyalty of His friends? Here's how- Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. His prayer was not offered in heaven, after all the pain was in the past, but on the cross, when it was getting worse by the minute. If I tell you to 'forgive', you can dismiss me because I haven't suffered what you have. But how can you wave off your Savior, who- Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried Not only because of Pilate's sin-or Herod's or the ... More >>>

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