19. January, 2020Sermon Notes No comments

spring-clean-your-life

Scripture: Luke 17:1

“Things that cause people to stumble [offences] are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.” 

 

An offence is a wrongdoing against us:

  • Makes us upset, embarrassed and brings displeasure and resentment
  • Affects us negatively – body, soul and spirit
  • Defiles our spirits, chokes our faith and leaves us spiritually bankrupt (when harboured)

 

1. The Need to Deal With Our Offences

A. Offences are to be dealt with
  • The Holy Spirit is grieved when a believer does not want to let go of the offences through forgiving. (Eph 4:30)
  • Even the apostle Paul was grieved when two sisters in Christ could not reconcile (Phi 4:2-3)
  • The Holy Spirit will prod and convict us to deal with the offences.
  • We need to acknowledge we have been offended, make an intentional choice to let go of the offence and forgive.
  • Holy Spirit will remove the sting once we forgive

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” (Eph 4:30)

“I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.” (Phi 4:2-3)

Forgiveness is the best form of love. It takes a strong person to say sorry and an even stronger person to forgive.

B. Offences harboured produce detrimental effects
  • The unhealthy attitudes: bitterness, resentment, hatred and anger
  • Affects our faith, speech, relationships with people, with God, health

Forgiveness is not a gift to someone else; forgiving is your gift to yourself.

C. Offences harboured do not honour God
  • Our life’s purpose: to honour and glorify God and to be like Him (Eph 4:32)
  • In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught His disciples to ask for forgiveness and to forgive in the same vein (Matt 6:12, 14)

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Eph 4:32)

12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors … 14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matt 6:12, 14)

We have been forgiven to forgive.

 

2.  The Need to Tap On the Holy Spirit

How does the Holy Spirit help us?

  • He convicts us and shows us those areas of offences and unforgiveness.
  • We are to obey His prompting and leading
  • We are to decide to take the step of faith
  • We are to admit the offence and receive His strength and grace to forgive
  • We are to receive the cleansing through the Blood of Jesus
  • The Holy Spirit will breathe on you to energize you – body, soul and spirit

Prayer to release forgiveness:

Prayer of Releasing Forgiveness:

Father God, I ask You to do a spring cleaning in my life today.
I repent of my sin in holding on to offences against those who have done all manner of wrong against me.
Your Holy Spirit is in me to do that work of cleansing as I yield to Him now.
I receive your forgiveness and love, healing me from the hurts, bitterness and resentment towards those who had hurt me.
Now with your help, Holy Spirit, I choose to forgive (name the people and state their offence/s).
I will not hold anything against them from today onwards.
Fill me now with your joy and peace.
With Your love in my heart, I ask that You bless them in Your own special way.
In Jesus’ Name I pray.
Amen

By: Rev. Maureen Seow
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