Power Living Message Series

POWER LIVING

Part 3 – The Power of Pardoning Others
Ephesians 4:32

June 16-17, 2018 – Father’s Day
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

 

INTRODUCTION

2 Timothy 1:7  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of self-control.

 

1. AN UNFORGIVING SPIRIT CHAINS US AND STEALS AWAY OUR POWER.

A. There are physical consequences to bitterness.

B. There are emotional consequences and even mental consequences to harboring bitterness.

C. There are spiritual consequences to bitterness.

Matthew 6:1415  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

D. Job 18:4  You are only hurting yourself with your anger.

 

2. THE KEY TO RENEWED SPIRITUAL POWER IS TO IMITATE GOD IN THE WAY WE FORGIVE.  (Ephesians 4:32)

Ephesians 4:32  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

A. The worthiness of a person is never to determine whether or not we forgive.

B. Matthew 18:21-23  Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”  22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.  23 Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.”

Law keeps count; Grace does not.

 

3. HOW TO TRULY PARDON OTHERS IN OUR LIFE.  (Ephesians 4:32)

Ephesians 4:32  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Step 1 – Stop rehearsing the bitterness.

A. We can’t feel our way into doing. We have to do our way into feeling.

B. Ephesians 4:31  Let all bitterness…be put away from you.

Step 2 – Become realistic about those who hurt you.

Step 3 – Make a decision to release your offender.

The word forgive means, “let it go.”

A. God will deal with offenders in discipline.

Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

B. God will use this hurt to help you.

Romans 8:28  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Step 4 – Be kind and tenderhearted toward the one who injured you.

Ephesians 4:32  Be kind and compassionate to one another,

 

CONCLUSION

2 Timothy 1:7  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of self-control.

 

ACTION STEPS I will take this week…

1. I choose to stop rehearsing my hurt and anger against a particular person with whom I am struggling.

2. I choose to let the offense go that a particular person did against me.  I choose to forgive.

3. I choose to find some way this week to be kind toward someone who has been unkind toward me.