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Forgiveness - Living in the Spirit of Forgiveness

Text: Titus 3:1-8 
I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

Introduction 
 forgiveness - “the pardon or absolution of debts or guilt, condemnation gone”. 

One of the most important ways a Christian is to live is in the Spirit of forgiveness. How can that be real in our life?

Note these attitudes are very important; gratitude, humility, kindness, faith!

I.Remember to live in Obedience, A Choice
Titus 3:1-2
 3 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.

A.A daily choice to follow Christ

B. Galatians 2:20
 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

C.Choice comes before committing
Opposite of living in peaceful obedience
 Isaiah 59:7-8 
7 Their feet run to evil,
And they make haste to shed innocent blood;
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
Wasting and destruction are in their paths.
8 The way of peace they have not known,
And there is no justice in their ways;
They have made themselves crooked paths;
Whoever takes that way shall not know peace.

II.Remember Our Own Rescue, Past
Titus 3:3
3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.

A. We too, who know Christ can remember and be thankful for God’s forgiveness
And forgetting of our own sins.

B.1 John 2:12
12 I write to you, little children,
Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.


C.Be careful not to be judge and jury of others, Matthew 7:1
7 “Judge not, that you be not judged.

III. Remember to Live According to our Testimony
Titus 3:4-8
4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.

A.Embracing our choices to lifestyle commitments

B.Psalm 103:10-14
 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

C. Living in respect of our forgiveness, committed! 

Conclusion- How is our forgiveness affecting our lifestyle?




August 22, 2021

Living in the Spirit of Forgiveness part 2. Gratitude

Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Introduction

  Last Sunday we looked at the importance and difficulty of actually living
in the Spirit of Forgiveness. After our Salvation experience we make intentional
choices that becomes a commitment to be kind, Titus 3:1-8 was our focus. Today we begin to
Look at four different attitudes that will assist us in our mindset of forgiveness.
The first one is “Gratitude “- living in an easy expression of appreciation and kindness.
1 Thess. 5:16-18 will guide us;
 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


I. Rejoice a Lot
A. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

B. Psalm 118:24
24 This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it.

C. Psalm 147:1  
   Praise the Lord!
  For it is good to sing praises to our God;
  For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.

D. Remember that God so desires to replace our bitterness and fear with assurances and appreciation.

II. . Pray Often

A.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

B.1 Chronicles 16:11
11 Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!

C. Psalm 55:17  
  17 Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.

D.How can we say we are in Love with God and basically 
never talk with Him.

III. Try to be Thankful

A.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 
  16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

B.Hebrews 12:28-29
 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

C.Colossians 3:17
 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

D. Gratitude begins with a choice of being thankful!

Conclusion - Can we say we are grateful followers of Christ or are we more stoic than we should be? God we so need your help, Amen




August 29, 2021
Living in the Spirit of Forgiveness. Pt.3. “Humility “
Text: Romans 13:3 
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.

Introduction- This is our third week of looking at how God desires for His followers live in a spirit of forgiveness. Week one we saw how by making good choices we can become people of commitment. Week two we began studying one of four attitudes that are key to such a lifestyle, gratitude.
 Today we are going to examine together
The mindset of “humility “. 
REMEMBER God’s word is with us to bring the living Word in to our lives. What is our definition of humility?
 Humility- “a modest view of one’s personal self in light of whom we are in Christ”.

“Humility is not thinking less of one’s self but thinking of one’s self less” CSLewis

“ HUMILITY is a proper view of one’s self “ Charles Spurgeon

I. Humility is living in the spirit of honesty
A. Romans 12:3
 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

B. 2 Corinthians 13:5
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.

C. Arrogance is so un Christ in every way!

II. Humility is living in the spirit of honor
A. Proverbs 15:13
5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you [a]are disqualified.

Proverbs 22:4
 4 By humility and the fear of the Lord
Are riches and honor and life.

B. John 12:26 
26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

C. A proper understanding of God has the result of our living in honor.

III. Humility is living in the spirit of helpfulness
A. Philippians 2:3-4
 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

B. Colossians 3:12-13 
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

C. Great people of honor and humility are always helpful people.

Conclusion- God has given us the info to be great people. Are we?



September 5, 2021
Living in the spirit part 4 “Kindness “

Text: 2 Peter 1:5-8
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Introduction- In our text Peter lists for us 7 qualities a Christian should Develop in their life. In so doing we become effective and fruitful in our relationship with God and each other.
(Colossians 1:10-11)

 10that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 

In our study on “Living in the Spirit of Forgiveness “
we are looking at 4 different attitudes that will also bring us to a much better Example of God’s grace. We looked at gratefulness, humility and today kindness.


Kindness - “a gentle way of action and reaction with a foundation of compassion “


God’s Kindness to us is Mighty
Psalm 117:1-2
Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!
]Laud Him, all you peoples!
For His merciful kindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the Lord endures forever

B. Isaiah 54:10 

For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

C. Even in the middle of a storm that could level mountains God will remain kind to us!

D. God desires us to actually experience His kindness


II. Our Kindness to others is so Vital 

2 Peter 1:5-8 5But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control [a]perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither [b]barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

B. How do we express our kindness to others?
  * self control. 1 Corinthians 9:27
 27But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

  * love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 

  * kindness. Galatians 6:10 
10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

C. Every aspect or our life is done from a mindset of kindness


Conclusion- Do we express the kindness God desires of us?
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September 12, 2021
Living in the Spirit of Forgiveness pt.5. “Faith “

Text: Hebrews 11:1.
11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

Introduction- Faith- an understanding that the unseen is available to transform the seen.
The first week we looked at how making good choices we become committed believers, then we studied the attitudes of gratitude, humility, and kindness. 
Today we look at the mindset that makes everything possible, Faith. As a foundation for our study please note a couple things;
Hebrews 11:6 absolutely vital.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Romans 5:1. We are saved by Faith
5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

How does Faith give us the ability to live in the Spirit of Forgiveness?

I. Faith gives us the strength to live in Victory 
  A. 1 John 5:4
4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

  B. God the Holy Spirit is let loose in our life.

  C. We can help others from a foundation of appreciation rather than one of condemnation 

  D. Circumstances can be very difficult but the Spirit manageable 

II. Faith reminds us our Abundant life is by Faith (Ephesians 2:8-9)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

  A. It enables us to minister to others in kindness because of the kindness shown to us.

  B. As earlier studied pride in our own favor is so unproductive 

  C. Matthew 7:3
3And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

  D. Living in the Spirit of Forgiveness is such a Blessing 

III. Faith is the ever growing Aid to Love

Romans 1:17   17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”  
B. In our Faith sprung anew and is now growing more and more

C. In our living by Faith we embrace gratitude, humility and kindness as we live in the family of God.

D. Words to song “Living by Faith 

I care not today what
The morrow may bring,
If shadow or sunshine or rain,
The Lord I know ruleth o’er everything,
And all of my worries are vain.

Refrain
Living by faith in Jesus above,
Trusting, confiding in His great love;
Safe From all harm in His sheltering arm,
I’m living by faith and feel no alarm

Though tempests may blow,
And the storm clouds arise,
Obscuring the brightness of life,
I’m never alarmed at the overcast skies—
The Master looks on at the strife.

Refrain
Living by faith in Jesus above,
Trusting, confiding in His great love;
Safe From all harm in His sheltering arm,
I’m living by faith and feel no alarm

I know that He safely
Will carry me through,
No matter what evils betide;
Why should I then care,
Though the tempest may blow,
If Jesus walks close to my side.

Refrain
Living by faith in Jesus above,
Trusting, confiding in His great love;
Safe From all harm in His sheltering arm,
I’m living by faith and feel no alarm

Our Lord will return for
His loved ones some day,
Our troubles will then all be o’er;
The Master so gently will lead us away,
Beyond that blest heavenly shore.

Refrain
Living by faith in Jesus above,
Trusting, confiding in His great lovej
Safe From all harm in His sheltering arm,
I’m living by faith and feel no alarm

Conclusion - God help us be committed people 
“living in the Spirit of Forgiveness “
Do we have the Faith?


September 19, 2021