Tom Scott - 30/07/2017
1 Corinthians 13:5
Theme: We need to forgive one another
Date: July 31, 2017
Today is the first day of school for Warren Township. This morning the lights were blinking and the buses were rolling. The Fall season is almost here, which seems impossible considering the summer just begun a few weeks ago. I am looking forward to One Fantastic Fall here at Cumberland. The past several weeks, Dennis and I have been working on updating the church’s website in preparation for the Fall season. Check out the updates at www.cumberlandchristianchurch.
Summer is not over yet and that means we are still making our way through the series of messages which come from First Corinthians chapter 13. Yesterday we covered the phrase, “Love does not keep a record of wrongs.” This is a tough one for many of us. Tearing up those lists of wrongs committed by others can be a tall challenge for those of us who have been treated badly in the past. Her are five questions to help us reflect upon the message.
1. It is easy for some of us to produce a list of wrongs suffered over the years. Do you find yourself struggling with letting go of the pain associated with wrongs suffered in the past?
2. During the message I talked about Job, Jeremiah, and Jesus who could all produce a list of wrongs. If anyone had a reason to be upset with God, these three guys could make an argument for being mad at the Creator. Who are some other Biblical characters who could make an argument for keeping a list against God?
3. In the message I mentioned that we have a right to make a list, but that we also need to consider the fact that we have a record of wrongs committed. Why is it easier for us to focus on others rather than on ourselves when it comes to this issue?
4. We have a responsibility to forgive people when they come to us with their apologies. This is something we find throughout the New Testament. Read Matthew 6:13-14 and Ephesians 4:32 as two examples. What does it mean to truly forgive someone and how does this affect our creating lists?
5. The final point that I made in the message dealt with the rewards for forgiving others. When we choose to forgive others, it cleanses us of the negative energy associated with evil. Eternal life is granted to those who forgive others as Christ has forgiven us. Is there someone today in your life that needs forgiveness? Let’s be ready to tear up these lists so that we can enjoy God’s true love.
This is going to be a busy week for many of us, but let’s pray for God’s strength to shine brightly for Jesus as we go about these activities. Thanks for being relentless in your pursuit of the Lord.