Life Together: Forgive One Another (Colossians 3:12-13)

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For the Christian, forgiveness is a costly commitment to graciously pardon a repentant person and to be reconciled to that person, although not all consequences are necessarily eliminated. (adapted from C. Brauns).

This message was given on August 18, 2013 at New City Church in Calgary by Pastor John Ferguson. For more info, go to www.NewCityChurch.ca.

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Life Together: Forgive One Another (Colossians 3:12-13)

  1. 1. Today’s Scripture: Colossians 3:12-13 Pages 984 in our guest Bibles.
  2. 2. Lyle Lovett, “God Will”
  3. 3. How do you respond when others hurt you? ?
  4. 4. LOVE one another SERVE one another ENCOURAGE one another PRAY for one another WELCOME one another SHOW HOSPITALITY to one another
  5. 5. “FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER” Colossians 3:12-13
  6. 6. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, COLOSSIANS 3:12 holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience...,
  7. 7. “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” The Apostle Paul Colossians 1:13-14
  8. 8. “And you, who were dead in your trespasses…, God made alive together with him [ie., Christ Jesus], having forgiven us all our trespasses….” The Apostle Paul Colossians 2:13
  9. 9. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, COLOSSIANS 3:12 holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience...,
  10. 10. ...bearing with one another and COLOSSIANS 3:13 if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as as must forgive. the Lord has forgiven you, so you
  11. 11. God expects Christians to forgive one another the way he forgave them.
  12. 12. 1God’s forgiveness is gracious, but not free.
  13. 13. “Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.’” ~ The Gospel of Matthew 18:21-22
  14. 14. “Christians are called to offer a present to those who have hurt them. That package should be wrapped and tied with a ribbon, with a tag addressed, ‘To you, regardless of what you’ve done.’ Forgiveness is what is found inside if the offender chooses to open the package.”
  15. 15. 2God’s forgiveness is conditional.
  16. 16. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. IF we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to FORGIVE us our sins….” ~ James, the brother of Jesus James 1:8-9
  17. 17. “Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and IF he repents, FORGIVE him….” ~ Jesus of Nazareth, The Gospel of Luke 17:3-4
  18. 18. 3God’s forgiveness is a commitment.
  19. 19. “…as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” “I will remember their sins and their lawlessness no more.” ~ Psalm 103:12 ~ Hebrews 10:18
  20. 20. 4God’s forgiveness is necessary for reconciliation.
  21. 21. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God who has reconciled us to himself…. In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them….” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17-19
  22. 22. 5God’s forgiveness does not eliminate all consequences.
  23. 23. For the Christian, forgiveness is a costly commitment to graciously pardon a repentant person and to be reconciled to that person, although not all consequences are necessarily eliminated. Adapted from Chris Brauns’ Unpacking Forgiveness
  24. 24. The Christian has every reason to forgive, because we have been deeply forgiven by God.

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