Modern Family Part 4

February 27, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

 

Modern Family Part 4

 

Luke 17:1 Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come…”

 

Everyone will have to deal with hurt/OFFENSE in every area of life; family, friendship, church, work, etc.

 

Anger will be a REALITY, but there is a Jesus way to handling it.

 

Ephesians 4:26-27 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

 

To hold onto anger gives satan a foothold and poisons us with BITTERNESS.

 

Hebrews 12:15  See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
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Bitterness…

 

  • Causes TROUBLE
  • DEFILES many (it’s CONTAGIOUS)
  • Can cause us and others to MISS the GRACE of God. (James 1:14-15)   

 

 

God’s plan for conflict RESOLUTION:

 

  1. Commit yourself to walking in LOVE and not being EASILY OFFENDED.  (Galatians 5:22-23; 1Corinthians 13:4-8; Proverbs 19:11)

 

  1. Commit YOURSELF to open, honest, humble, loving communication. (Ephesians 4:1-6; Ephesians 4:15)

 

  1.  Check YOUR own heart/motives. (Is it for restoration or retaliation?) (Galatians 6:1)

  2. Go to the person PRIVATELY (not other people, not via text, email, social media).

 

– If you know someone is offended with YOU. (Matthew 5:24-25)

 

– If YOU have and offense with another person. (Matthew 18:15-17)

 

  1. If dealing with a Christian and there is no repentance, take 1 or 2 mature Christians to meet with them to address the issues.

 

  1.  If dealing with a Christian and still no repentance, take to church LEADERSHIP.

 

  1. ACCEPT repentance. (Matthew 18:21-22)

  2. Choose to FORGIVE, no matter what their response.  (Matthew 6:9-15)

 

  1. Don’t confuse forgiveness or repentance with RESTORATION.

 

  • Restoration is a PROCESS and a RESULT

 

 

  • By FORGIVING I provide building materials.

 

 

 

  • By REPENTING they provide building materials.

 

 

There is no restoration without FORGIVENESS and REPENTANCE.

 

2Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.