Matters of the Heart July 20 & 21

WEEKLY MEMORY VERSE

“Cast your burden on the Lord — he will support you!
God will never let the righteous be shaken! ”
Psalm 5:22 (CEB)

MATTERS OF THE HEART

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.”
Proverbs 4:23 NKJV

THE HEART DISEASE OF__________________ AND __________________

“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger. Do not give the devil an opportunity.” Ephesians 4:26-27 NET

“Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.”  Hebrews 12:15b NLT

FORGIVENESS IS THE __________________TO BITTERNESS AND RESENTMENT

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV

THREE APPROACHES TO FORGIVENESS

·      I KNOW I SHOULD

·      WHY SHOULD I ?

·      I TRIED

JESUS TACKLES THE ISSUE OF FORGIVENESS

 “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”” Matthew 18:21-35 NIV

FOUR HEART EXERCISES TO HELP YOU TO FORGIVE


1)   
__________________WHO YOU ARE ANGRY WITH

“Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry?’’ Genesis 4:6a NIV

2)   
__________________WHAT THEY OWE YOU

“That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, “Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.” Hebrews 3:10 NIV

3)   
__________________TO CANCEL THE DEBT

“Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” Colossians 3:13 NKJV

4)    DON’T _________________YOUR OFFENSE

“For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13 NKJV