What to do with Sin: When the sin is against you

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What to do with Sin – 2 – When the sin is against you.

Last week, we started our new series on what to do with sin. We appropriately talked first about the need for us as Christians to confess and repent of our sins! We must make sure that in our lives there is no sin that is present and undealt with so that we can be in good standing with our God and Savior.
Today, we are moving on in this discussion of what to do with sin by talking about what to do when the sin is against you. Just as everyone of us are guilty of our own sins, there isn’t a single person in this room that has not been scarred, hurt, traumatized, or just experienced the negative consequences of another person’s sin. Their sin may not have been directly against you, but it very much impacted your life.
And some of you have been sinned against in the vilest of ways. Someone else’s sin has impacted your life in a way that can never be undone. In some ways you feel that the sin that was against you has ruined parts if not most of your life.
And the weight of that sin is heavy when it is from someone who is not a follower of Christ. But the weight of the sin of a Christian seems to be infinitely more unbearable. There is something about the sin of a brother or sister in Christ that scars us so much more because we are acutely aware that the sin absolutely should not be committed by those people!

So, what do we do?

Scripture: Colossians 3:12-15

Points:
1. God chose you!
2. You must choose!
3. Forgiving others is part of the deal!
– “13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”
– Matthew 6:14-15
4. Forgiveness will not come easy!
– Luke 17:3-4 3
– Ephesians 4:31-32

Ending:

Forgiveness will certainly be one of the most difficult things that we will ever be called to give as a Christian. And how appropriate is it for us to experience the difficulty of it so that we can understand why we shouldn’t take the forgiveness of Christ for granted.
– 1 Peter 4:7-8
Make no mistake about it this morning. You are called to forgive. It is a must! And the forgiveness that you are called to give others isn’t for them. It is for you! You cannot be made whole, you cannot be at peace, you cannot be holy and accomplish the callings on your life as a Christian without offering forgiveness to those who sin against you. You cannot receive forgiveness unless you forgive those who sin against you.
It won’t come quickly, but it is something that you should seek with all your heart. Ask for God to give you an outpouring of the HS so that you can bring yourself to forgive. You don’t have to be friends with that person. But you can forgive them and live in harmony with them when you have to.

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