Good News: Radical Forgiveness!
Topic: Biblical Passage: Matthew 18:28–18:35
Premise: The good news (gospel) of the word of God is the singular most important, practical, powerful THING FOR ALL PEOPLE EVERYWHERE IN EVERYDAY LIFE!
EVERYDAY LIFE really starts with THE PEOPLE WE DO LIFE WITH...
- Gives me a sense of control. I become my own justice vigilante... "I will make you pay for what you did."
- Gives me a sense of superiority. "Iwould never do that..."
- Gives me a sense of being owed something... "You owe me, and i'll decide if or when you are paid up."
"Have you never tasted the luxury of indulging in hard thoughts against those who have, as you think, injured you? Have you never known what a positive facination it is to brood over their unkindnesses, and to pry into their malice, and to imagine all sorts of wrong and uncomfortable things about them? It has made you wretched, of course, but it has been a fascinating sort of wretchedness that you could not easily give up." Hannah Whiterhall, CT
 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.  When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.  And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.  So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’  And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.  But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’  So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’  He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.  When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place.  Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.  And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’  And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt.  So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” (ESV)
Premise: Unlimited forgiveness will be demonstrated with mercy toward others because it is the reflection of a right relationship with the Father, that is by those who keep on believing in the GOOD NEWS FOR EVERDAY LIFE.
"Of the seven deadly sins, anger is the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor the last toothsome morsel of the pain you're giving back to them, in many ways, is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down at this feast is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you." Frederick Buechner
"HOW?" next week "WHO?"
- F.oundation is the GOOD NEWS (gospel)
A. You've been forgiven a huge debt
B. You are radically new (identity)
C. You have gospel power to do it
2. O.riented toward GRACE
3. R.elease or cancel the debt
4. G.ive generously
5. I.nvite engaged relationship
6. V.engence belongs to the Lord
- Hand it over to God...What is it?
- Look at Christ...Look at the cross?
- Write down some ways to do GOOD, to be generous to those who have injured you.
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