Judge Yourself, Pray With a Burden, Forgive

Judge Yourself, Pray With a Burden, Forgive

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Sermon Series: To Save That Which is Lost (Part 4 of 5)

Matthew 18:11-22

When we are integrated into the Body of Christ, we learn how to have the foundation — i.e., forgiving love — as well as the superstructure built on top of it — i.e., helping the one in sin. Whether you have only a building and no foundation, or only a foundation and no building, in either case, the storms will wreak havoc in your life.

If your “brother” — i.e., your husband/wife, children, or a brother/sister in the local church — sins against you:

1. Judge yourself first (Galatians 6:3-5). Before you flare up at the other’s fault, take time to count ten — ten of your own.

2. Pray with a burden (Galatians 6:2). You can only truly be of help to someone if you have spent time interceding on their behalf in prayer.

3. Forgive (Mark 11:25-26; Matthew 18:21-22). When you pray, forgive, because if you do not forgive others, God will not forgive you. If you only have to forgive 7 times in a day, you may be able to do that with extreme human patience. But, if you want to forgive 490 times a day, as Jesus commanded — that’s every 2 minutes — you will need God to give you His Divine Nature which IS forgiving.

4. Dialog privately & gently (Galatians 6:1; Matthew 18:15). Be gentle, like a stream, when you approach the one in sin. Remember that you are trying to win him/her, not the argument!

Speaker: Santosh Poonen

Santosh Poonen is a disciple of Jesus. He and his wife Meghan have six children, and live in Loveland, Colorado, USA. Santosh is the son of Zac and Annie Poonen. He works in the IT industry and is an elder at RLCF.

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