POWER LIVING
Part 5 – The Power of Pardoning Others
Ephesians 4:31-32

July 30, 2023
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 WILL EVENTUALLY TURN INTO AN UNBEARABLE BURDEN.

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.

1. I John 4:2021  If a man says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom He has seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  And this commandment have we from Him, that he who loves God love his brother also.

2. Matthew 6:14-15  For if you 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. GOD HAS ASKED US TO IMITATE HIM BY FORGIVING OTHERS. (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 the determining factor in 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.

3. HOW TO TRULY FORGIVE 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.

A. Step 1 – Let go of the bitterness.

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

2. Ephesians 4:31  Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you…

3. You have to make a decision to “let it go.”

B. Step 2 – Become realistic about those who hurt you.

C. Step 3 – Be kind and tenderhearted toward the one who injured you.

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

2. The name for Christ in the New Testament is Christos.  The word for kindness is Chrestos.  This is no accident.  Those who imitate Christos have Chrestos.

3. Luke 6:27-29, 32-33, 35  But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.  29 If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.  32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.  33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that.  35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.