Part 5 of “Strength To Forgive”

Many of us our running on fumes and running out of gas. We need to get this understood, get it down tight and examine ourselves a bit. “Buckle down, Get a grip”

Prov. 19:11 “The discretion of a man deffereth his anger; and it is glory to pass over a transgression.”

Drawing from the former parts of this message Pastor explained that God allowed Joseph to be in the armpit of Egypt (The World) so that God can shine. How we conduct ourselves is vital as we sojourn through this world. Prov. 16:7 “When a mans ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Think of Joseph and how he was always trusted and given responsibilities.

Gen.50:15-18 Joseph’s brothers fear after their father died that Joseph would hate them and requite them for their evil. Their guilt was turning to fear. They fall before Joseph to ask for forgiveness and they bow and give themselves over as servants. Pastor asks, “What took them so long?” (The fulfillment of Joseph’s dream) Yet one of the most revealing and powerful verses in this whole story is 50:19-21. How Joseph responded to his brothers, “And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Then Joseph comforted them and spoke kindly to them. Pastor reminded us of the ultimate forgiveness in Luke 23:24 “Forgive them Father…..”

Three points in this message.
1. God has it.
2. We need it.
3. Life demands it.
(1) The power/strength of forgiveness is from God. He has it.
(2) Not only do we need to be forgiven but we need His forgiveness in us. Pastor brought up two references. Mat. 9:1-6 (Sins are forgiven being the same as saying rise and walk to the man stricken with Palsy and Mat chapter 18 where after being forgiven a great debt the same forgiven man went and showed no such compassion on one who owed him. Be ready to forgive, we have the resource from God to give us the strength to forgive.
(3) Pastor tossed us a whim saying the 3M’s describing Daniels disciplines. By way of Morsels, Morals and Music. Daniel was separated by his diet, his morals and his music. Daniel chapter 9 Daniel was praying for his sins and the sins of his people asking God to deliver. In Daniel 9:9 and the 9th word is “Forgiveness”  Life Demands Forgiveness.

1Jn.2:2 explains how Jesus is the propitiation for our sins and the sins of the whole world. The wrath being curbed.
1Cor13 I know as the Love Chapter. The better word being “Charity”. Charity suggests giving without a return. Paul clearly details how if we gain much in the Lord but do not have charity, we gain nothing. “Envy Not” That was Joseph’s brothers issue when they delivered him as a slave to travelers.

On a personal note: Suffer the loss for your brothers sake. You don’t lose anything by doing so, it just may feel that way. It will work the work of God.

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