Door Post Verses: Forgiveness

by Lauren Craft

Have you ever tried carrying a week’s worth of groceries from your car to your house? If you can shoulder the bags all at once, you’ll avoid making multiple trips, right? Not quite. When I’ve tried this, something is usually dropped. A potato slips out of my hands, an apple rolls under my car, or a milk carton lands on my front lawn.

More than anything, though, carrying too much is exhausting. My muscles ache and my breaths become labored. This reminds me of how it feels when resentment weighs me down. Its heaviness sucks joy and peace out of me, leaving unpleasant, sinful thoughts in their place.

Recently, I was upset with several people in my life. They’d made comments that seared like an electrical shock to the heart. I tried to clear the resentment on my own, telling myself, “I’ve made mistakes too” and “They probably didn’t mean to hurt me.” 

 

 

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Forgiveness: What Does It Mean? - A Guest Post by Leigh Powers

Forgiveness. It’s one of those church words we like to throw around. “Well, I just need to forgive him and move on.” “Forgive and forget.” But when we’re honest, we say things more like this: “I know I’m supposed to forgive, but why is it so hard?”

We know we’re supposed to forgive, but sometimes we struggle with the gap between the knowing and the doing. 

 

 

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Isaiah: Setting Things Right

In 2015, God is still busy working. When we cooperate with Him, He works in the hearts, minds, and daily lives of His children to set things right.

What does “right” look like, according to the Bible study, Isaiah: Setting Things Right?

1. having a loving relationship with God
2. receiving forgiveness of sins
3. possessing a healthy soul with sound ways of thinking, feeling, and acting
4. displacing harmful thoughts, attitudes, words, and habits of life, with good ones
5. centering life on God
6. walking in God’s light (instruction, comfort, encouragement, etc.)
7. heeding Scripture’s warnings and therefore avoiding sin’s harm and loss ...

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

God’s Enriching Work vs. Sin’s Damaging Work

God works today in the hearts and minds of His children to conform our whole way of thinking, feeling, and acting to be consistent with His love, His character, and His purposes for our lives. He is working to enrich the quality of our souls, our lives, and our influence.

Our choices and decisions help or hinder that process. Certain mindsets and practices are called “sin” in the Bible because they work against loving and respecting God and people. They oppose the good practices that build healthy and satisfying relationships. They waste our time and energy. They hinder healthy relationships, and ultimately they leave our hearts dissatisfied.

So God gives us ...

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Philemon: Don’t exclude forgiveness from the good that you do to brothers and sisters in Christ.

v.1-5      Have faith toward Jesus and love for all the saints.

v.6-7      Let the good that is in you because of your faith, be expressed to the saints.

v.8-11    Be profitable to those who were once unprofitable to you.

v.12-14  Be gracious to those who have wronged you.

v.15-17  Receive the person with love and respect.

v.18-19  Put what anyone owes you against ...

 

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An Excerpt from ISAIAH: SETTING THINGS RIGHT

This Bible study, written by Beebe Kauffman (my mother), has helped me to better understand how God works in our lives on a daily basis. He is always working—guiding, transforming, equipping. I want to share with you a passage from Isaiah: Setting Things Right that I love. It describes the sanctification process and how God works in our lives.

What’s involved in God setting things right?

 

 

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