Luke 17:1. It is impossible that no offences should come.
· Part of living in this world – multiple opportunities to be offended.
Romans 12:117-21. Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
· Must overcome the tendency to want to avenge ourselves – vindicate, retaliate.
· It takes an effort to live peaceably with people – some are very difficult.
· Overcome = 3528 = to conquer, subdue, get the victory, prevail.
· We have to do something to prevail over offence.
Matthew 5:20-24. But I say unto you… whosoever is angry with his brother.
· Jesus is teaching the values and lifestyle of the Kingdom of heaven.
· “To enter” = to experience the blessings and provision of the Kingdom of Heaven
e.g. healing, deliverance, miracles, release of the favour of God.
· A higher standard of living is requested – heart attitudes and inner life.
· Righteousness of Pharisees = external or outward appearances only.
Exodus 20:13. Thou shall not kill – take the Life of another with malice.
· Human life is of great value to God – murder destroys that life.
· Murder begins in the heart with anger = seed/spirit of murder prevails.
e.g. Cain was angry – he killed his brother. Gen 4:5-8
· Destructive anger releases a spirit of murder – (1st thru words)
· Words filled with anger cut, wound and destroy. (Prov 18:21)
· That angry person is exposed and manipulated by evil spirits.
· Sinful Anger. (i) May be a directed inward – self destructive words
(ii) May be directed outward – crushing those around us.
Luke 6:31-37. If you love them that love you – what thank have you for sinners love those who love them.
· We are called to live by the law of love.
· “What thank” : thank= charis(gk) = grace = prevailing power of God
· Grace - the power of God to live a prevailing life.
· Relationships without love degenerates into mutual expectations/laws
· Love! Do good! Be merciful! Don’t judge.
· Need the grace of God.
· Rewards: (i) God rewards us. (ii) Our Identity is established.
Acts 24:16. “I exercise myself to always have a conscience word of offence towards God
and towards man.”
· Exercise = to take effort, to train, to personally prepare so I can be useful.
· Sometimes easy to forgive – sometimes very difficult.
- Pride – we don’t want to admit
- Do you have the symptoms?
- Are you free to bless, to express love?
- Fasting can uncover offence. (Is58-6)
- What was said/done?
- What expectation not met?
- What injustice?
- What do you feel?
- Anger letter may be necessary to connect with depth of hurt.
- 1 John 1:9. Confess you have held offence.
- Confess ungodly reactions.
e.g. thoughts, negative feelings
e.g. inner vows, anger
- Admit Lack of love.
Heb 4:15-16. Throne of Grace.
- Make a choice to let go.
- Speak words that release
- Speak words that bless.
- Often vulnerable to new offences
E.g. others come and complain, person continues behaviour,
May remember and feel hurt.
· Smile – release words
· Pray favour/success
· Overcome evil with good
1 John 2:14. We know we have passed from death to life when we love.
· Love = trust
· Love = can act positively out of clean heart to bless and benefit that person.