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Sermon Series: Nobody’s Perfekt

Luke 17:1; Hebrews 12:14-15

Luke 17:1

James A. Mann, Ph.D., Lead Pastor

No Offense, but… (Luke 17:1)

 

Offense: The Bait (2 Tim. 2:24-26)

 

Revenge: The Trap (Hebrews 12:14-15)

“Bitterness is unfulfilled revenge.” ~ Francis Frangipan

 

A Defense Against Offense

 

What do I do if I have offended someone?

Pursue Peace (Rom. 14:19)

 

Ask Forgiveness (Matt. 5:23-24)

 

Be Humble (James 3:17-18)

 

What if I have been offended?

 

Check for a root of bitternes (Eph. 4:32)

  • Roots choke out good things
  • Roots spread

 

Seek Reconciliation (Matt. 18:15)

 

Exercise (Acts 24:16)

 

Conclusion

 

Father, in the name of Jesus, I acknowledge I have sinned against you by not forgiving those who have offended me. I repent of this and ask for your forgiveness.

I also acknowledge my inability to forgive them apart from you. Therefore, from my heart I choose to forgive. [Think of the person or persons’ name and release each one individually]. I bring under the blood of Jesus all that they have done wrong to me. They no longer owe me anything. I remit their sins against me.

Heavenly Father, as my Lord Jesus asked you to forgive those who sinned against Him, I pray that your forgiveness will come to those who have sinned against me.

I ask that you will bless them and lead them to a closer relationship with yourself.  Amen