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Sunday: The Gift of Real Forgiveness (I Timothy 1:12-17)
We should never resist a generous impulse, especially if that impulse is grace and not good works.
Many of the people with whom we live, work, and play lead lives of quiet desperation. They live in bondage to mistakes of the past, poor choices in the present, and the brokenness in our world caused by sin. They know little of the freedom offered to us all in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. One of the best things we can give them is the gift of real forgiveness.
I. Real forgiveness is revealed in a perpetual CONFESSION of sin.
A. The memory of our sin is an antidote to SELFISH PRIDE.
B. The memory of our sin is an acknowledgement of God’s SUFFICIENT PROVISION.
C. The memory of our sin is an appeal to our SENSE of PRIORITIES.
II. Real forgiveness is revealed in a personal COMMITMENT to the Savior.
A. We need to know that He ACCEPTS us.
B. We need to know that He APPROVES of us.
C. We need to know that He APPOINTS us.
III. Real forgiveness is revealed in a passionate CONSIDERATION of our salvation.
A. Instead of inadequacy, we get the gift of CLEANSING.
B. Instead of insecurity, we get the gift of CONFIDENCE.
C. Instead of isolation, we get the gift of COMPANIONSHIP.
Conclusion: “I have no other plan.”