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!
15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16 that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears. (ESV)