MY LIFE ISN’T PERFECT BUT I AM GRATEFUL FOR…. FORGIVENESS

September 26, 2021

Pastor Bill Stevenson

 

 “Then Jesus said, ‘FATHER FORGIVE THEM, for they do not know what they are doing.’”  Luke 23:27-37 (NLT)

 

WHAT WE USUALLY DO WITH GUILT

 

1.  WE TRY TO __________________________________

       “When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long…My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.  Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them.  I said to myself, ‘I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.’ And you forgave me!  All my guilt is gone.”  Psalm 32:3-5 (NLT)

 

2.  WE THEN _______________

      “‘Yes,’ Adam admitted, ‘but it was the woman you gave me who brought me some, and I ate it.’”  Genesis 3:12 (LB)

 

“Some people ruin themselves by their own stupid actions and then blame the Lord.”  Proverbs 19:3 (GN)

 

3.  WE THEN ________________ OURSELVES UP

     “My guilt has overwhelmed me; like a load it weighs me down… because I was foolish, I am bent over and bowed down; I am sad all day long.”  Psalm 38:4-6 (NCV)

 

WHAT JESUS WANTS US TO DO WITH GUILT

 

  1. _______________ IT

     “The Lord gave us a mind and a conscience.  We cannot hide from ourselves.”  Proverbs 20:27 (GN)

 

 

 

      2.   _________________RESPONSIBILITY

            “I recognize my faults.  I am conscious of my sins...”

             Psalms 51:3 (GNT)   

 

            "Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other   so that you may be healed.”  James 5:16 (LB)

 

      3 ____________ FOR FORGIVENESS        

            “All of us have sinned...  yet God declares us ‘not guilty’ IF            we trust in Jesus Christ, who in mercy freely takes away our sins.”  Romans 3:23-24 (LB)

           

WHAT JESUS DOES WITH MY GUILT

 

  • HE FORGIVES __________________

            “God is merciful and quick to forgive.”  Isaiah 55:7 (GN)

           

 

  • HE FORGIVES ___________________

            “He has forgiven ALL your sins.  He has utterly wiped out the evidence of broken commandments which always hung          over our heads and has completely annulled it by nailing it to the cross!”  Colossians 2:13-14 (Ph)

 

 

  • HE FORGIVES ___________________

            “(Christ)...  is always interceding on our behalf.” 

            Hebrews 7:25 (Ph)

 

 

  • HE FORGIVES ___________________

            “What happiness for those whose guilt has been forgiven!...            What relief for those who...God has cleared their record!”  

            Psalms 32:1-2 (LB)

 

 

 

 

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