Watch videos with subtitles in your language, upload your videos, create your own subtitles! Click here to learn more on "how to Dotsub"

Forgive as the LORD has forgiven You (CC)

0 (0 Likes / 0 Dislikes)
JULY 21, 2013 SERMON TEXT: COLOSSIANS 3:12-17 PLEASE RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT RECORDED FOR US BY THE APOSTLE PAUL IN HIS LETTER TO THE COLOSSIANS WHERE WE READ FROM CHAPTER 3 BEGINNING WITH VERSE 12: THEREFORE, AS GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE, HOLY AND DEARLY LOVED, CLOTHE YOURSELVES WITH COMPASSION, KINDNESS, HUMILITY, GENTLENESS AND PATIENCE. BEAR WITH EACH OTHER AND FORGIVE WHATEVER GRIEVANCES YOU MAY HAVE AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. FORGIVE AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU. AND OVER ALL THESE VIRTUES PUT ON LOVE, WHICH BINDS THEM ALL TOGETHER IN PERFECT UNITY. LET THE PEACE OF CHRIST RULE IN YOUR HEARTS, SINCE AS MEMBERS OF ONE BODY YOU WERE CALLED TO PEACE. AND BE THANKFUL. LET THE WORD OF CHRIST DWELL IN YOU RICHLY AS YOU TEACH AND ADMONISH ONE ANOTHER WITH ALL WISDOM. AND AS YOU SING PSALMS, HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS WITH GRATITUDE IN YOUR HEARTS TO GOD. AND WHATEVER YOU DO, WHETHER IN WORD OR DEED, DO IT ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS, GIVING THANKS TO GOD THE FATHER THROUGH HIM. THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, 1973, 1978, 1984, USED BY PERMISSION OF ZONDERVAN BIBLE PUBLISHERS] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST: I DON'T KNOW IF ALL OF YOU REMEMBER THE COMIC STRIP "PEANUTS"; THE ONE BY CHARLES SCHULZ HAD A NUMBER OF ENDEARING CHARACTERS IN IT. ONES THAT MADE US SMILE. A GROUP OF LITTLE KIDS, LIVING TOGETHER IN A NEIGHBORHOOD. I ENJOYED IT. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT COMES FIRST AND FOREMOST IN MY MIND WHEN I HEAR THE COMIC STRIP "PEANUTS", IS THE CHARACTER OF LUCY ... AND THE THINGS SHE SAID. THESE FIVE FINGERS ... INDIVIDUALLY ARE NOTHING. BUT WHEN I GRASP THEM TOGETHER, THEY BECOME A FIGHTING UNIT, TERRIBLE TO BEHOLD! SHE WAS JUST AN EVIL LITTLE GIRL, WASN'T SHE? THE ONE WHO WAS ALWAYS ANGRY. THE ONE WHO WAS ALWAYS MAKING FUN OF CHARLIE BROWN. THE ONE WHO WAS ALWAYS PULLING THE FOOTBALL OUT FROM HIM. THE ONE WHO WAS ALWAYS GOING AFTER HER LITTLE BROTHER'S BLANKET AND STEALING IT AWAY. SHE WILL EVER BE KNOWN AS THAT GIRL WHO WAS NOT NICE! AND I THOUGHT OF HER WHEN I READ THROUGH THIS TEXT. AND THEN I WONDERED: WHAT WOULD PEOPLE SAY ABOUT ME? BECAUSE THEY LOOK AT MY LIFE. AND THEY CHARACTERIZE ME. WHEN PEOPLE LOOK AT YOUR LIFE, WHAT DO THEY SEE? HOW DO THEY CHARACTERIZE YOU? A COMPASSIONATE PERSON? THAT HUMBLE PERSON? THAT MEAN GIRL? THAT CRANKY PERSON? IT'S AN INTERESTING THOUGHT, ISN'T IT? BECAUSE SO OFTEN, WE LIKE TO DO LIKE MARTHA, IN THE GOSPEL LESSON FOR TODAY. SO OFTEN WE WANT TO GO TO GOD AND TELL GOD: GOD, DO YOU SEE THAT PERSON OVER THERE? SHE IS NOT DOING ANYTHING TO HELP ME. YOU TELL HER TO HELP ME. WE'RE VERY GOOD, EVEN AS CHRISTIANS, AT LOOKING AT OTHER PEOPLE AND SAYING: I KNOW WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THERE. I KNOW WHAT IT NEEDS TO FIX THAT. I KNOW WHAT THEY NEED TO CHANGE. GOD, WHY CAN'T YOU MAKE THEM RIGHT SO IT WILL BE BETTER AND EASIER FOR MY LIFE? AND SOMETIMES WE NEED TO BE MORE LIKE SAMUEL WHO SAID: SPEAK LORD, YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING. I'M HEARING WHAT YOU'RE SAYING TO ME. I'M LISTENING TO YOUR WORD. I'M SPENDING TIME IN THAT WORD THAT IS THE ONE THING THAT IS NEEDFUL. THAT IS BETTER THAN EVERYTHING ELSE IN MY LIFE. AND I'M GONNA HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY. AND TODAY WE COME TO THIS SMALL PORTION OF PAUL'S LETTER TO THE COLOSSIANS TO LISTEN; TO HEAR WHAT GOD HAS TO SAY TO US. AND HE TEACHES US TRULY: TO FORGIVE. TO LOOK AT OUR LIVES AND TRULY THINK ABOUT FORIVENESS. AND WHAT THAT MEANS IN OUR LIFE. TO BEAR WITH EACH OTHER FORGIVING PEOPLE. TO LET THE PEACE OF CHRIST RULE IN OUR LIVES INSTEAD OF SPENDING TIME AND FINDING WAYS TO ANNOY OTHER PEOPLE. TO LET OUR BASE SELF COME OUT. TO LET ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT WE NOW HEAR PEOPLE SAY: OH, I JUST DON'T HAVE THAT FILTER ANYMORE. AS IF THAT'S SOME KIND OF EXCUSE FOR INCORRECT BEHAVIOR. AND NOT TREATING OTHER PEOPLE WITH LOVE AND RESPECT. BEING COURTEOUS. BEING PATIENT. BEING KIND. HAVING COMPASSION. HAVING HUMILITY AND SHOWING THOSE THINGS IN OUR LIFE. AND WE AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD, SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT ABOUT ANYONE ELSE. BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN SHOWN THAT BY GOD HIMSELF. WE LOVE BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US! HE LOVED HUMANITY. BECAUSE WHEN ADAM AND EVE DISOBEYED HIM, AND DID EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT HE ASKED THEM TO DO, HE DID NOT COME TO THEM IN ANGER OR HATRED. HE CAME TO THEM WITH JUSTICE AND LOVE THAT SAID: I AM NOT GOING TO LEAVE YOU NOW IN THIS SINFUL STATE: TO PERISH CONDEMNED FOR ALL ETERNITY. BUT I LOVE YOU AND I WILL SAVE YOU. I AM GOING TO BE THE ONE WHO GIVES YOU THE GREATEST GIFT THAT YOU CAN RECEIVE AND THAT IS THE GIFT OF SALVATION THAT COMES FROM THE SHEDDING OF MY SON'S BLOOD SO THAT YOUR SINS ARE WASHED AWAY AND THE PUNISHMENT THAT IT CARRIES. THAT YOU ARE FORGIVEN. AND THOSE ARE THE MOST WONDERFUL AND BLESSED WORDS THAT WE CAN HEAR FROM OUR GOD. THAT WE HEAR AS WE STAND BEFORE HIS ALTAR WHEN WE COME TOGETHER IN WORSHIP AND SAY: HEAVENLY FATHER, I A SINFUL BEING, COME TO YOU BEING MINDFUL THAT I HAVE SINNED IN MY THOUGHTS, I HAVE SINNED IN MY WORDS, I HAVE SINNED IN MY DEEDS AND I HAVE SINNED BY EVEN NOT DOING THE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE ASKED OF ME. AND I KNOW THAT I DESERVE YOUR ETERNAL CONDEMNATION IN HELL. SEPARATED FROM YOU AND SEPARATED FROM YOUR LOVE. AND I COME TO YOU ASKING FOR FORGIVENESS. THROUGH YOUR SON, JESUS CHRIST. AND GOD ALWAYS RETURNS TO US IN WORDS OF LOVE AND SAYS: YOU ARE FORGIVEN. HE BEARS WITH US. BECAUSE HOW OFTEN DON'T WE TURN TO HIM, WEEK AFTER WEEK AFTER WEEK, HAVING COMMITTED THE SAME SIN OVER AND OVER AND OVER? AND WE COME TO HIM CONTINUALLY AND ALWAYS PLEADING AND BEGGING FOR HIS FORGIVENESS. AND HE CONTINUALLY OFFERS IT AND GIVES IT TO US; POURS IT OUT UPON US. AND SAYS IN TURN NOW FORGIVE EACH OTHER. BEAR WITH EACH OTHER AS I BEAR WITH YOU. FORGIVE THE GRIEVANCES THAT YOU HAVE WITH THE PEOPLE THAT ARE SITTING NEXT TO YOU. FORGIVE THEM, PUT THEM AWAY, BLOCK THEM OUT OF YOUR MIND, AND GO ON LIVING TOGETHER AS THE FAMILY OF GOD. STOP PUTTING UP WALLS. STOP BLOCKING IT. STOP THINKING: I'M NOT GOING TO FORGIVE THEM UNTIL THEY CHANGE. HAS GOD EVER SAID THAT TO US? HE SAYS: I FORGIVE YOU ALL OF YOUR SINS. THEN HOW CAN WE, AS HIS CHILDREN, THINK THAT WE, SOMEHOW KNOW BETTER THAN GOD AND WANT TO WITHHOLD THAT FORGIVENESS FROM SOMEONE ELSE? WE WANNA CARRY AROUND THE BITTERNESS. WE WANT TO CARRY AROUND OUR OWN SELF-RIGHTEOUS IMPORTANCE. WE WANT TO CHANGE PEOPLE SO THAT IT WILL BE EASY FOR US TO LIVE WITH THEM. WHEN ALL THAT GOD SAYS IS ... FORGIVE EACH OTHER. FORGIVE EACH OTHER AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD. STOP LETTING THAT DIVISION EAT AWAY INSIDE OF YOU. STOP THAT BITTERNESS THAT IS THERE. AND REPLACE IT WITH LOVE. THE LOVE OF GOD AND HIS COMPASSION. PUT THAT OUT OF YOUR LIFE. LET THAT BE RADIATING FROM YOU BECAUSE THAT COMES FROM THE PEACE OF GOD THAT RULES YOUR HEART. THE PEACE OF GOD OF KNOWING THAT OUR SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN. THAT OUR ETERNITY WITH HIM IS SECURE. THAT NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS IN OUR LIFE, NOTHING IS GOING TO SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE THAT IS IN CHRIST JESUS. AND WE KNOW THAT AT THE MOMENT OF OUR DEATH, HEAVEN US OURS OPENED TO US BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS AND OPENED THAT FOR US. THAT IS THE CALM AMID ALL OF THE CHAOS OF LIFE. THAT IS THE PEACE THAT COMES TO US IN A WORLD THAT IS AT WAR WITH US. A WORLD THAT WANTS DRAMA. AND LOVES TO CREATE DRAMA. THE WORLD THAT LOVES TO BE THE BULLY SO THAT THEY CAN FEEL BETTER. THE WORLD THAT ALWAYS SOMEHOW WANTS TO COME INTO OUR LIVES WITH HATRED AND DISCORD SO THAT OUR SECURITY WITH GOD IS SHAKEN. BECAUSE SATAN DOESN'T WANT US FIRMLY ROOTED IN GOD AND IN HIS WORD. SATAN WANTS US TO BE RUNNING SCARED. HE WANTS US TO BE SHAKING IN OUR BOOTS. HE WANTS US ALWAYS TO BE WONDERING: HAVE I DONE ENOUGH? DOES GOD LOVE ME? WILL I EVER BE GOOD ENOUGH TO GET INTO HEAVEN? BUT WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE JESUS CHRIST AS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. THAT IS IT! IT IS ENOUGH! BECAUSE HE COMMITTED THE SACRIFICE ONCE FOR ALL FOR SINS. AND GOD GRACIOUSLY HAS GIVEN THAT TO US BY THE POWER OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT. AND GOD SAYS TO US: BE THANKFUL! BE GRATEFUL FOR THAT! IN YOUR LIFE, RECOGNIZE THAT THE PEACE THAT YOU HAVE COMES FROM GOD. AND START DOING EVERYTHING TO BE A PROMOTER OF PEACE. INSTEAD OF SOMEONE WHO LOVES DISCORD AND YOU CAN'T WAIT TO PICK UP THE PHONE OR SEND AN EMAIL ABOUT THAT LITTLE TIDBIT OF GOSSIP THAT YOU HEARD ABOUT SOMEBODY ELSE HERE. CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT IT IS PROMOTING? NOT MAKING YOU ANY BETTER AND YOU'RE HURTING SOMEONE'S NAME. YOU'RE HURTING SOMEONE'S REPUTATION. AND IT JUST NEEDS TO STOP AND FOCUS ON CHRIST AND HIS PEACE. AND HIS FORGIVENESS. YES, WE ADMONISH EACH OTHER. WITH THE LAW OF GOD TO KEEP US ALL FAITHFUL AND STRONG TO THE TRUTH. WE ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER WITH THE GOSPEL. SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO REJOICE. TO BE GRATEFUL; TO HAVE HEARTS THAT ARE FILLED WITH THANKSGIVING. TO SING OUR PRAISES TO GOD BECAUSE WE'RE HAPPY TO BE HIS CHILDREN. AT PEACE WITH HIM KNOWING THAT HE IS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. THAT IS ... WHAT WE SHOULD BE WORKING AT AND STRIVING FOR EACH AND EVERY DAY AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD. FINDING HIS WORD TO LISTEN TO IT. TO HEAR IT. TO SHOW IT IN OUR LIVES. TO HAVE PEOPLE LOOK AT US AND SAY: THERE IS A CHRISTIAN. THERE'S A CHILD OF GOD. THERE IS SOMEONE WHO IS COMPASSIONATE. THERE'S SOMEONE WHO IS HUMBLE. THERE IS SOMEONE WHO IS LOVING. THERE IS SOMEONE WHO IS KIND. THERE IS SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THE DIRECTIVE THAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO US. TO BEAR WITH ONE ANOTHER. AND TO FORGIVE. AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

Video Details

Duration: 15 minutes and 38 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
Views: 56
Posted by: hischild on Jul 25, 2013

Looking at Colossians Chapter 3, verses 12-17, we learn how God has provided us the One thing needful in order to forgive us. www.ziontorrance.info

Caption and Translate

    Sign In/Register for Dotsub to translate this video.