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This sermon, the fifth part in a series from Paul's letter to Philemon, talks about the nitty gritty of this book of Philemon: Paul wants this brother in the Lord to glorify God through obedience to Christ. The goal of Paul's letter is not cold-hearted duty, but glad-hearted service to God flowing from a heart that has experienced Christ's love and is filled with a love for God in return.
What is the greatest blessing that a Christian can experience? Is it good health, abundant material resources, family and friends? Or is there something much greater? For King David, it was knowing that all of his sins, iniquities and transgressions had been forgiven, covered, removed.
Scripture: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 About the evil among us and what God is going to do about it. The sower is the Son of Man. The field is the world. The good seed are the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the devil, sowed by the devil. The harvest is the end of the world and the reapers are angels. Those that cause sin and are eveldoers will be cast into hell. God gave us forgiveness so that hate will not eat at and destroy us. Similarly, God will forgive us of our sins if we just pray and ask for it. Evil is real and at work in the world. We are limited in what we can do to combat evil. We can, however do whatever we can do to nurture those who are victims of evil. Trust God.
Forgiveness is very hard, but if you don't forgive, at the end of the day all you are left with is unforgiveness. That is not the life God wants for you, or that you want for yourself.
Detoxing your spirit can be a freeing experience - and it starts with forgiveness.
If you are born again in Christ and now have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit; your future doesn't have to be like your past. But there are certain biblical principles we need to follow to avoid repeating our mistakes and some of those are magnified for us in our text today.
You can trust God whole-heartedly in every situation.
The first portion of this sermon deals with the forgiveness of God as we look into the life of King David. 1 John 1:9 gives us two promises from God and both can be seen in the life of David. I encourage you to listen to the second portion of the sermon and hear the completing promise that God has given.