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Forgiveness – R.C. Sproul Quote

A favorite saying of R.C. Sproul’s was brought back to my mind today.

What do you do with the person who says, “I’ve asked God to forgive me about this, but I still feel guilty”? I hear that statement over and over again. I usually say to these people, “If you still feel guilty, then pray to God again. But this time don’t ask Him to forgive you for the sin that is haunting you. Rather, ask Him to forgive you for insulting His integrity by refusing to accept His forgiveness. Who are you to refuse to forgive yourself when God has forgiven you? When God promises to forgive His people when they repent, He is not playing games. If He says He will forgive you, then He will forgive you. And if God forgives you, you are forgiven.”

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R.C. Sproul

The corollary also applies:

Whom have you not forgiven yet God has forgiven?

Many still punish and hold against another their sins even though the Lord has forgiven them. We cannot be a higher judge than God is; demanding more repentance than God does.


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No Condemnation – Spurgeon

We are today accepted in the Beloved, absolved from sin, acquitted at the bar of God.  …

We are now-even now pardoned; even now are our sins put away; even now we stand in the sight of God accepted, as though we had never been guilty. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” There is not a sin in the Book of God, even now, against one of His people. Who dareth to lay anything to their charge? There is neither speck, nor spot, nor wrinkle, nor any such thing remaining upon any one believer in the matter of justification in the sight of the Judge of all the earth.

Charles H. Spurgeon


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Forgiveness

Having trouble forgiving others?

“No sane person would ever say, ‘I don’t need to be forgiven.’ But every time we fail to forgive, we demonstrate that belief operating in us. What do you think when someone sins against you? ‘I can’t believe they did that to me!’ ‘I would never do that!’ These thoughts reveal our hearts…When we say ‘I would never do that’, we really mean, ‘I may be a sinner, but I am not that bad!’ This is a subtle lie. We remove ourselves from the sinner category. We fail to see how desperate and needy we are for the forgiving grace of God every moment of every day.”

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Tim Lane, “Pursuing and Granting Forgiveness,” JBC (Spring, 2005)

 


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Barry King – The Grace of the Doctrines of Grace

True Church Conference 2012

True Church Conference  live-streamed.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Message 8 – Barry King – The Grace of the Doctrines of Grace

 

The text for the sermon is Ephesians 4:32.

 

God in Christ forgave you. This is the essence of the doctrines of grace. The doctrines of grace are not hidden under the rocks of scripture. They are on top of the rocks. The text tonight is not primarily about the doctrines of grace, it is about the grace of the doctrines. We are woefully deficient in practicing the grace of the doctrines of grace. We must be broken-hearted over our lack of practicing the grace of the doctrines of grace. Do we operate with grace with whom we disagree?

 

A. The grace of kindness

1. This particular word is used quite sparingly in the scriptures.

a. In 1 Corinthians 13 it is used to describe how members of a church are to receive one another in regard to their use of spiritual gifts.

i. We will not all share the same views. But a spirit of Christian love must pervade. We must be kind to one another.

b. In Philippians 4, kindness is reflected in our attitude toward our spiritual leaders.

i. We must remember that those leaders who a generation ago defended orthodox Christianity against liberalism were not Calvinists.

ii. We are more kind to preachers on the internet than we are to our own leaders.

c. In 2 Timothy 2, kindness is typical of a mature pastor toward his congregation, particularly the difficult members of the congregation.

d. In Titus 2, we are called to be kind to those in our family. And kindness is tied to submissiveness.

B. The grace of tender-heartedness

1. We have become tender-skinned and tough-hearted.

C. The grace of forgiveness

1. We need to forgive others while it is still in our power to do so.

2. We need to regret the harsh words we have spoken against those with whom we disagree.

3. We have received unmerited favor and grace, and therefore we need to show unmerited favor and grace toward others.


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