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"Forgiveness"

posted Jul 28, 2014, 3:52 PM by Welch Creek Baptist Church   [ updated Sep 25, 2014, 7:50 AM ]
"And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."    - Ephesians 4:32
        Allow me to give you some reminder words from last Sunday Morning's message. In Luke 15:20-32, the prodigal son came home to a forgiving father. The son had gotten right with God; and that's what really mattered to his father. The older son had a completely different reception of his brother. He was angry, argumentative, and accusing. He was possessed by an unforgiving spirit. While a joyous party was going on, his poison of unforgiveness made him a prisoner. He grieved his father with his lack of understanding. 
        We see in II Corinthians 2:6-11, another example. A man, who had greatly sinned in I Corinthians, had repented and gotten right with God; yet, most in the church treated him as if his repentance was no good. Notice Paul's words to them, "Ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love for him." 
        Unforgiveness grieves the Holy Spirit. It makes it impossible for God to forgive you. Forgiveness is one of the greatest marks of a Christian. Forgiveness puts us in God's favor. Learn to live with a forgiving spirit. You will need it every day!                                                                                                                    September 21, 2014
From the bulletin, 
               Pastor James Baker