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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Words of Encouragement April 22, 2018

Our Sunday School teacher continued a message on Christians and sin. Service began with lovely worship and then Pastor proceeded with his Sermon series on Relationsslips. This series addresses the question: “How do we navigate live in a Godly way?”

Last week’s message dealt with Guilt – a debt that “I owe you”.
Last week’s Point: Confession is the way to relieve the weight of guilt.

Pastor stated that he has a video of his daily plan, but it often gets interrupted. This causes frustration. When we tie our hopes and dreams to someone else, it creates Expectations. Expectations that aren’t met create problems. [We need to learn to put our trust in God, not others. Psalm 37:1-5, 8.]

Family and friends include expectations. When they, or others, don’t meet our expectations, a new debt is created. Now it is a “you owe me” debt. Sometimes there are few solutions. How do these debts ever get paid? Most of the debts owed to us can never be repaid.

The only way to get rid of disappointment, bitterness and anger is to cancel the debt. Do not let them continue to control your anger. While in prison Paul wrote: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” Ephesians 4:31.

Point: Just as God has forgiven you of your unpayable debt, so you must forgive the unpayable debt of others.

You have the power to set yourself free from disappointment and anger. Matthew 6:14-15.
Look at your calendar and make a specific date to declare your freedom by forgiving the debt owed to you.
1. Identify who you think owes you a death.
2. State what (you perceive) they owe
3. Cancel the debt by speaking forgiveness.
4. Dismiss it so it does not continue to poison or taint your feelings.

I found this song that I think fits perfectly!
Verses for Today:
Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV)
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Lord, reveal to me any bitterness I hold toward others and help me to forgive and release it. I give you Praise and Thanks for Your great loving example!

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