Forgiveness (Hebrews 12:15-17)Duane Weaver, September 8, 2013
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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From these verses, Duane especially talked about the root of bitterness and the potential of it defiling not only ourselves
but many others.
Jesus said offences will come. People fail, they disappoint us, people sin, they harm others, and they say unkind things.
They cause pain by things done or not done. In these situations we have a choice - How am I going to respond? When
something is done or said against us, we tend to let a seed of bitterness take root that springs up, defiling us and others
as we talk to others about what someone said or did against us.
What is bitterness? It is despair and misery from being unable to hold someone accountable to pay for their wrong
actions against you.
The other choice is forgiveness. How much we need to extend it to the lives of our fellowman!
15Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. (KJV)