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Sunday, 23 September 2018

'FORGIVE THE INEXCUSABLE?'

Rev. Canon George Sinclair
by Rev. Canon George Sinclair                           
 Pastor of the Church of the Messiah, Ottawa, ON.
 www.messiahchurch.ca 

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Podcast of CFRA broadcast on Sunday,   
September 23rd, 2018:
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(This is a shortened version of a sermon I did at Church of the Messiah, Ottawa. It was part of the series, Deeper: Meditating on God's Word.
 
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Broadcast Notes:
 
Forgive the Inexcusable?
 
Today’s Reading: Colossians 3:13b (ESV)

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:12-13

... as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Col. 3:13b
    1. Forgiveness is NOT: believing their excuses, being gullible, forgetting what they did, pretending you were not hurt, pretending it was not wrong, letting them off the hook, making excuses for them, turning a blind eye to their actions, approving of what they did, saying that what they did was not really wrong, being deceived by them, succumbing to pressure from others to cave, encouraging injustice, repressing what happened, living in denial, surrendering to the perpetrator, being an enabler to them.
    2. Forgiving another person does NOT mean: that things have to go back to “normal,” or that the wrongdoer will not face consequences.
    3. True forgiveness always involves forgiving the inexcusable wrong done to you.
    4. Harbouring bitterness and resentment is like eating laxatives and hoping that the other person gets the runs.
    5. True forgiveness always involves forgiving the inexcusable wrong done to you.
    6. Earthly forgiveness is a mystery, whereby “you” bear much of the cost of the wrong that was done to you, but in a way that results in you becoming free.
    7. When you finally forgive, you are left with a clear-eyed freedom from: bitterness and resentment, fight or flight, and tower or cower.
    8. The Cross was God bearing the cost to forgive you of your inexcusable wrongs.
    9. a) Forgiveness is not a moment, it is a quest. b) Ask the Lord to show you who you need to forgive. c) Ask the Lord to help you forgive. d) Seek to forgive until you are free!
    10. God teach me, lead me, and help me to forgive ____.
    11. Dear Lord, I thank You that on the cross, you paid all of the cost, and forgave the inexcusable wrong that I am responsible for. Please pour the Holy Spirit deep within me, and engrave the Gospel on my heart, so that I will remain Yours forever and can forgive the inexcusable wrongs done to me, living free for Your glory. In Jesus Name, AMEN.
 
Rev. Canon George Sinclair
Church of the Messiah
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