Monthly Archives: August 2012

What Forgivness isn’t by Robert Leroe

I came across this sermon the other day on the internet and I thought it made some great points about forgiveness.  I have never heard someone look at the topic from this point of view. What it isn’t by Robert Leroe Ephesians 4:32-4:32 “What it isn’t”…Pastor Bob Leroe, Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus, Massachusetts. Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Jesus is known as the “Man of Sorrows.” He endured personal abuse, culminating in His crucifixion. If anyone had a right not to forgive, it was Jesus. If He’d harbored resentment for all the wrong done to Him, there would’ve been no cross. He chose to forgive, even while on the cross. His life and death make our pardon possible–we are declared blameless–our record of wrongs is erased, and the new life Jesus bestows enables us to be forgiving people. No offense by anyone could ever equal our guilt before Christ, Who stands ready to forgive us. Forgiveness involves self-sacrifice. In order to forgive others we have to surrender our desire for revenge and retribution. We offer the offender free grace, just as God has for us. Grace forgives what it cannot excuse. We receive it and offer it to others. What does it really mean to forgive? I think many people are unclear on the concept; in order to know what forgiveness is, we need to go over what forgiveness is not… >Forgiveness isn’t forgetting. It’s not amnesia. People claim, “I’ll forgive, but I’ll never forget.” My answer to that is, “Don’t forget–each time you remember the hurt, remember your forgiveness.” This means we don’t bring up the past. The “love chapter” […]

By |August 27th, 2012|Bible|1 Comment

The Word of God

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly  Colossians 3:16 NET What an amazing statement to consider! How might we let the word of Christ dwell inside of us and be consumed by it’s richness. To really understand this seemingly simple statement we need to break it down and look at a few words individually and understand them from the context of the Greek. “The word of Christ refers to the revelation He brought into the world, which is Scripture. Peace and thankfulness, as well as unity, love, and all the required virtues, flow from a mind controlled by Scripture.”[1] “Dwell is from enoikeoœ and means “to live in,” or “to be at home.” Paul calls upon believers to let the Word take up residence and be at home in their lives.”[2]Finally  “Richly (Plousioœs) could also be translated “abundantly or extravagantly rich.” The truths of Scripture should permeate every aspect of the believer’s life and govern every thought, word, and deed.”[3] Being the kind of people that let the word of God dwell inside of us richly will not happen by accident.  We need to hear the word of God if we expect it to richly dwell in our lives.  Look at what Jesus says in Mark 4.. Mark 4:18–20 NET  18 Others are the ones sown among thorns: They are those who hear the word, 19 but worldly cares, the seductiveness of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it produces nothing. 20 But these are the ones sown on good soil: They hear the word and receive it and bear fruit, one thirty times as much, one sixty, and one a hundred.” This text is […]

By |August 6th, 2012|Bible|0 Comments
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