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How To - by Michael Phillips
A Lesson in Forgiveness - Part 7 of 8
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Romans 12:17-21
May 13, 2007 am - For the last couple of months we have been working our way through a series called, A Lesson in Forgiveness. The sermons-I believe-have been pretty thorough on the what and the why. What you're to do is forgive everyone everything every time. The duty, if hard to implement, is easy to understand: forgive all wrongs and hold no grudges of any kind for any reason. Why are you to forgive the people who have done you wrong? Many things can be said here, but the 'big ones' are (1) the Lord commands you to forgive them, (2) you cannot be saved unless you forgive them, and (3) God has forgiven you. On this last point The Heidelberg Catechism is most helpful. Its 127 questions are divided up into three parts: guilt, grace, and gratitude. You need to remember that you too are guilty when it comes to wronging others, that God (and others) have forgiven you, and that there's no better way of thanking them for what they've done for you than by doing the same for others- Freely you have received, Freely give. I think our study has been fairly strong on the what and the why of forgiveness. It has been very weak, though, on the how. How do you become a forgiving person? How do you keep hurt ... More >>>

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