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DNA: God Is Forgiving

Our goal should be to become more like God. Since God is love, then we must take on the same attrib­ut­es of love that we see in 1 Cor 13 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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. This was the chal­lenge we had dur­ing Sunday ser­vice. Pastor Jeff focused on 1 Cor 13:5 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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“Love is not eas­i­ly angered, it keeps no record of wrong.” (NIV) Unfortunately, right in the mid­dle of note tak­ing, some­one sent me an “urgent” text mes­sage and I lost most of my ser­mon notes because I wasn’t sav­ing well. But here are the high­lights.

Several Scripture pas­sages men­tioned

  • Psalms 103:8–13 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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  • Parable of the prodi­gal son (Luke 15:11–32 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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    )
  • John 21 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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    — the for­give­ness of Peter (Mr Extreme). Jesus did not replay all of Peter’s wrongs, rather he repaired the rela­tion­ship.
  • 2 Cor 5:19 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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  • Matt 6:14–15 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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What has God for­giv­en me for and has for­got­ten?
For what do I still need to ask God for­givenss?

The only one that gets hurt by anger and keep­ing track of wrongs is the one angry and keep­ing track. When we choose to not to for­give we close doors to abun­dant liv­ing.

Of course I got side tracked by some­thing pas­tor Jeff said, almost in pass­ing. God doesn’t do “acts of God”. We blame God for nat­ur­al dis­as­ters when God is not that kind of God. It real­ly got me to think­ing. All too often we find it easy to blame God for all the bad and yet nev­er give Him the praise and thanks for all the good. It is all wrong!

First of all, God has used nature to pun­ish the wicked. But those are rare and they have clear rea­sons (with prophets warn­ing of impend­ing doom and the like). To blame God for every bad thing that comes from a tor­na­do, hur­ri­cane, earth­quake or flood is I sup­pose almost blas­phe­mous.

Yes, all nature is of God. It was put into place by Him and by Him nature exists. But it is sin­ful man that has brought evil into this world. The bad things that hap­pen are a result of us being us. A tor­na­do in and of itself is not evil, it has no thought or desire to bring mis­for­tune upon us. And God cer­tain­ly isn’t one to throw a hur­ri­cane at us just out of a whim, to see how we would react.

And I guess this brings us back to Pastor Jeff’s point. God is Love. He is for­giv­ing. He is not eas­i­ly angered nor does He keep a book of wrong doings that He holds over our heads at every lit­tle oppor­tu­ni­ty. When God for­gives us, we are washed white as snow by the blood of His Son, Jesus. Our sins are for­got­ten.

Something Pastor didn’t say, actu­al­ly, he almost did the oppo­site, was to say that we need to for­give our­selves just as God for­gives us. How often do we keep a book of our own wrong doings and beat our­selves up with that book when God Himself has erased all?

God has a book. Interestingly, the only thing that seems to be in it is a list of names. It is the Lamb’s Book of Life (Rev 21:27 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer sup­port­ed. Please use your access key, the test­ing key ‘TEST
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). There are no lists of wrong doings there, just for­give­ness. And so I ask you, is your name in that book?

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