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July 21, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS AND WELCOME AGAIN TO
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AT SOME POINT IN YOUR LIFE,
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  • YOU'RE GOING TO BE HURT, AND HURT DEEPLY BY ANOTHER PERSON.
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  • IT MAY BE A MATE WHO WALKS AWAY FROM A MARRIAGE,
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  • A FRIEND WHO SHARES A SECRET BEHIND YOUR BACK,
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  • OR A DOCTOR WHO MISDIAGNOSES A VERY
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  • SERIOUS ILLNESS.
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  • SO IN THOSE INTENSE MOMENTS OF PAIN AND
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  • BETRAYAL, HOW DO WE FIND THE POWER TO FORGIVE?
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED, DEVELOPING A FORGIVING HEART
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • IS YOUR LIFE BECOMING TOO COMPLICATED?
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  • IT'S TIME TO CUT THROUGH THE CLUTTER AND GET TO THE
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  • HEART OF WHAT IT MEANS TO PLEASE GOD!
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  • IN CLUTTER-FREE CHRISTIANITY,
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS REVEALS THE TRUTH ABOUT
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  • WHAT GOD WANTS FROM YOU AND WHAT HE WANTS TO DO
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  • FOR YOU.
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  • REQUEST CLUTTER-FREE CHRISTIANITY WHEN YOU GIVE
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  • A GENEROUS GIFT TO HELP BROADCAST
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • WITH YOUR GIFT TODAY, YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE A DVD
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  • COPY OF DR. JEFFRESS' SIGNATURE MESSAGE,
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  • AMERICA IS A CHRISTIAN NATION.
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  • MUSIC
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  • C.S. LEWIS ONCE SAID: FORGIVENESS IS A BEAUTIFUL
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  • WORD UNTIL YOU HAVE SOMEBODY TO FORGIVE.
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  • HAVE YOU DISCOVERED THAT'S TRUE?
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  • YOU KNOW IN MY 40+ YEARS IN THE MINISTRY
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  • I DISCOVERED THAT THE ISSUES,
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  • THE TWO ISSUES PEOPLE STRUGGLE WITH THE MOST IN
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  • LIFE BOTH HAVE TO DO WITH FORGIVENESS:
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  • EITHER RECEIVING GOD'S FORGIVENESS OR EXTENDING
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  • FORGIVENESS TO OTHERS WHO HAVE WRONGED US.
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  • AND, BY THE WAY, THERE IS AN INSEPARABLE LINK
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  • BETWEEN THE TWO: RECEIVING FORGIVENESS AND EXTENDING
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  • FORGIVENESS TO OTHERS.
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  • SOMEBODY ONCE SAID: FORGIVENESS IS LIKE
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  • LETTING GO OF A RATTLE SNAKE.
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  • SURE, IT BENEFITS THE SNAKE,
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  • BUT IT BENEFITS YOU MORE.
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  • THE SAME THING IS TRUE OF FORGIVENESS.
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  • THERE ARE GREAT EMOTIONAL BENEFITS TO FORGIVENESS,
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  • BUT BOTH THE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL BENEFITS OF
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  • FORGIVENESS PALE IN COMPARISON TO
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  • THE SPIRITUAL BENEFITS OF FORGIVENESS.
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  • PASTOR, WHAT DO YOU MEAN THE SPIRITUAL BENEFITS?
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  • WELL, VERY SIMPLY,
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  • IF YOU REFUSE TO FORGIVE OTHER PEOPLE,
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  • GOD WON'T FORGIVE YOU.
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  • AND I HEAR PEOPLE TRY TO RATIONALIZE THIS.
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  • THEY SAY: WELL WHAT JESUS REALLY MEANT WAS...
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  • NO, JESUS REALLY MEANT WHAT HE SAID.
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  • HE SAID: IF YOU DON'T FORGIVE,
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  • GOD IS NOT GOING TO FORGIVE YOU.
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  • THERE'S AN INSEPARABLE LINK BETWEEN RECEIVING
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  • GOD'S FORGIVENESS AND GRANTING THAT FORGIVENESS
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  • TO OTHERS; AND BOTH RECEIVING AND GRANTING
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  • FORGIVENESS ARE MARKS OF A TRUE FOLLOWER
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  • OF JESUS CHRIST, A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST.
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  • NOW TO SEE THE LINK ABOUT RECEIVING FORGIVENESS AND
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  • EXTENDING IT TO OTHERS, I WANT YOU TO TURN IN YOUR
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  • BIBLES TO MATTHEW 18 TO A STORY JESUS TOLD TO
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  • ILLUSTRATE BOTH WHY WE SHOULD FORGIVE
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  • AND HOW WE SHOULD FORGIVE.
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  • NOW WE'VE LOOKED AT THIS PARABLE BEFORE SO TODAY
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  • I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU JUST THE READER'S DIGEST VERSION
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  • JUST TO REMIND YOU OF WHAT THE STORY'S ABOUT.
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  • THIS STORY IS ABOUT A KING WHO WAS HAVING SOME
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  • SERIOUS CASH-FLOW PROBLEMS,
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  • AND SO HE NEEDED TO CALL IN THE IOUS HE WAS
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  • HOLDING, PEOPLE WHO OWED HIM MONEY,
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  • AND HE STARTED WITH THE PERSON WHO OWED HIM THE
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  • MOST AMOUNT OF MONEY.
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  • IT WAS A SLAVE WHO OWED HIM 10.000 TALENTS.
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  • NOW IN JESUS' DAY A TALENT WAS A UNIT OF MEASUREMENT
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  • OF GOLD.
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  • IT WOULD BE ABOUT 70 OR 80 POUNDS.
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  • 1 TALENT - 70 OR 80 POUNDS OF GOLD.
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  • THIS SERVANT OWED HIS KING 10.000 OF THOSE TALENTS.
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  • I DID A QUICK CALCULATION.
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  • ACCORDING TO TODAY'S PRICE OF GOLD,
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  • YOU KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY THAT WOULD BE?
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  • 10.000 TALENTS OF GOLD?
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  • THAT WOULD BE ABOUT $16 BILLION IN TODAY'S MONEY.
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  • YOU THINK: $16 BILLION?
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  • HOW COULD A LOWLY SLAVE EVER GET INTO DEBT THAT MUCH?
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  • I MEAN DID HE GO TO VEGAS TOO MANY TIMES?
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  • I MEAN WHAT WAS GOING ON HERE?
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  • REMEMBER THIS IS A STORY JESUS TOLD,
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  • A PARABLE.
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  • HE WAS TRYING TO ILLUSTRATE A MAN WHO OWED
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  • A DEBT THAT HE COULDN'T PAY IN 10.000 LIFETIMES.
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  • SO THE KING SAYS: I WANT MY MONEY.
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  • HE HAD A RIGHT TO SAY THAT.
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  • AND THE SLAVE FELL DOWN BEFORE HIM AND BEGGED HIM,
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  • AND SAID: MASTER, PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH ME,
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  • AND I WILL REPAY YOU EVERYTHING.
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  • CAN YOU IMAGINE A MORE PITIFUL SIGHT THAN THAT?
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  • A LITTLE SLAVE SAYING: IF YOU'LL JUST GIVE ME A
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  • LITTLE MORE TIME I'LL PAY YOU BACK THAT $16 BILLION.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 27 OF MATTHEW 18,
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  • "THE LORD OF THAT SLAVE, THE KING FELT COMPASSION
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  • AND HE RELEASED HIM AND HE FORGAVE HIM OF THE DEBT."
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  • THAT'S WHAT FORGIVENESS IS - LITERALLY IT MEANS TO
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  • RELEASE A DEBT, TO LET GO OF.
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  • CAN YOU IMAGINE THE RELIEF THAT SLAVE MUST HAVE FELT
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  • AS HE HEARD THE WORDS "YOU ARE FORGIVEN"?
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  • YOU DON'T OWE ME ANYTHING.
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  • YOU'RE FREE.
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  • SLAVE GOT UP, HE WALKED OUT OF THE PALACE A NEW MAN,
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  • BUT AS HE WAS THINKING ABOUT WHAT HE HAD
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  • HEARD FROM THE KING: YOU ARE FORGIVEN OF YOUR DEBT.
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  • IT DAWNED ON HIM: AND HE REMEMBERED A FELLOW SLAVE,
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  • A FRIEND WHO OWED HIM 100 DENARII, JESUS SAID.
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  • NOW A DENARIUS WAS 16 CENTS IN TODAY'S ECONOMY.
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  • ONE DAY'S WAGE.
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  • 100 DENARII WOULD BE $16.
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  • AND THIS SLAVE REMEMBERS: I KNOW SOMEBODY
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  • WHO OWES ME $16.
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  • SO HE GOES OUT, JESUS SAYS,
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  • GRABS HIM BY THE NECK, BEGINS TO CHOKE HIM,
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  • AND SAYS: REPAY ME WHAT YOU OWE ME.
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  • NOW THAT WAS A VERY REAL DEBT TOO.
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  • AND SO THE FELLOW SLAVE SAYS: HAVE PATIENCE WITH
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  • ME AND I'LL REPAY YOU EVERYTHING.
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  • SOUND FAMILIAR?
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  • THAT'S WHAT THE FIRST SLAVE SAID TO THE KING.
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  • BUT UNLIKE THE KING THIS SLAVE REFUSED TO FORGIVE
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  • THAT PALTRY $16 DEBT.
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  • WELL WHEN THE KING HEARD ABOUT THIS HE WAS INCENSED.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 32, "THEN SUMMONING THE SLAVE,
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  • THE KING SAID TO HIM, 'YOU WICKED SLAVE!
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  • I FORGAVE YOU ALL THAT DEBT BECAUSE
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  • YOU PLEADED WITH ME.
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  • SHOULD YOU NOT ALSO HAVE HAD MERCY ON YOUR FELLOW
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  • SLAVE IN THE SAME WAY THAT I HAD MERCY ON YOU?'"
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  • I MEAN EVEN THIS KING WHO WAS A PAGAN UNDERSTOOD
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  • THERE WAS SOMETHING FUNDAMENTALLY WRONG WITH A
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  • MAN WHO HAD BEEN FORGIVEN SO MUCH TO REFUSE TO
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  • FORGIVE SUCH A LITTLE DEBT.
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  • AND THEN, VERSE 34 SAYS, "THE KING MOVED WITH ANGER,
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  • HANDED THAT SLAVE OVER TO THE TORTURERS
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  • UNTIL HE SHOULD REPAY ALL THAT WAS OWED HIM."
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  • AND THEN JESUS ADDS THE ZINGER IN VERSE 35,
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  • "SO SHALL MY HEAVENLY FATHER DO TO YOU IF EACH
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  • OF YOU DOES NOT FORGIVE HIS BROTHER FROM YOUR HEART."
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  • YOU SEE THE RELATIONSHIP
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  • BETWEEN THE KING AND THE FIRST SLAVE IS LIKE GOD'S
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  • RELATIONSHIP WITH US.
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  • ALL OF US OWE GOD A DEBT WE COULD NEVER REPAY;
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  • AND YET WHEN WE ASK HIM, GOD IN HIS MERCY FORGIVES
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  • US OF THAT DEBT THROUGH CHRIST.
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  • WE HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN A $16 BILLION SPIRITUAL DEBT
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  • SO TO SPEAK.
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  • WHEN WE REFUSE TO GRANT FORGIVENESS TO THOSE WHO
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  • WRONG US, WELL IT'S JUST LIKE THAT SLAVE REFUSING
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  • TO FORGIVE THAT $16 DEBT.
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  • NOW DON'T MISUNDERSTAND WHAT JESUS IS SAYING HERE.
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  • JESUS IS NOT DENYING THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN HURT
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  • AND WRONGED.
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  • JESUS IS NOT ASKING YOU TO PLAY LIKE IT NEVER
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  • HAPPENED OR TO MINIMIZE THE WRONG THAT HAS BEEN
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  • COMMITTED AGAINST YOU, BUT JESUS SAID WHATEVER YOUR
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  • HURT IS, JUST KEEP THAT HURT IN PERSPECTIVE.
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  • FOR, YOU SEE, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOW
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  • MUCH SOMEBODY HAS WRONGED YOU AND HOW MUCH YOU HAVE
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  • WRONGED GOD IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN $16 AND
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  • $16 BILLION; AND THAT'S WHY FORGIVENESS IS THE
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  • OBLIGATION OF THOSE WHO HAVE TRULY BEEN FORGIVEN.
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  • AND YET IN SPITE OF THE PHYSICAL,
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  • THE EMOTIONAL, AND CERTAINLY THE SPIRITUAL
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  • BENEFITS OF FORGIVING OTHER PEOPLE,
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  • WE STILL FIND IT HARD TO DO,
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  • DON'T WE?
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  • I THINK THERE ARE FOUR REASONS,
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  • FOUR MISUNDERSTANDINGS, THAT CAUSE PEOPLE
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  • DIFFICULTY IN FORGIVING OTHER PEOPLE.
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  • SO LET ME DISPEL A FEW OF THOSE MYTHS ABOUT
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  • FORGIVENESS THAT MAY BE HAMPERING SOME OF YOU
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  • RIGHT NOW FROM EXPERIENCING THE FREEDOM
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  • OF THAT GIFT OF FORGIVENESS.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, UNDERSTAND FORGIVENESS IS NOT
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  • IGNORING OR RATIONALIZING OFFENSES.
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  • WHEN YOU FORGIVE SOMEBODY YOU'RE NOT ENGAGING IN
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  • SOME MENTAL FANTASY PLAYING LIKE WHAT HAPPENED
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  • TO YOU NEVER ACTUALLY HAPPENED.
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  • FORGIVENESS IS NOT ABOUT RATIONALIZING
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  • OR IGNORING OFFENSES.
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  • SECONDLY, FORGIVENESS IS NOT ABOUT SURRENDERING
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  • OUR DESIRE FOR JUSTICE.
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  • WHEN YOU FORGIVE, YOU'RE NOT SURRENDERING
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  • YOUR DESIRE FOR JUSTICE.
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  • I REMEMBER IN MY LAST CHURCH THERE WAS A MAN,
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  • A FATHER WHOSE DAUGHTER HAD BEEN BRUTALLY,
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  • BRUTALLY MURDERED.
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  • AS YOU CAN IMAGINE HE STRUGGLED WITH THAT ISSUE
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  • OF FORGIVENESS.
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  • AND FINALLY HE REACHED A POINT THAT HE FELT LIKE HE
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  • HAD FORGIVEN HIS DAUGHTER'S KILLER.
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  • BUT THEN HE WAS ASKED TO TESTIFY BY THE PROSECUTION
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  • AT THE KILLER'S TRIAL.
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  • AND HE CAME TO SEE ME.
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  • HE SAID: PASTOR, I'VE JUST NOW BARELY BEEN ABLE TO
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  • FORGIVE THIS MAN FOR WHAT HE DID TO MY DAUGHTER,
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  • AND NOW I'M BEING ASKED TO TESTIFY,
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  • AND MY TESTIMONY COULD EASILY RESULT IN A GUILTY
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  • VERDICT AND A DEATH PENALTY FOR THIS GUY,
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  • AND I'M JUST NOT SURE AS A CHRISTIAN SHOULD I TESTIFY?
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  • FRANKLY I'D LIKE TO SEE HIM IN THE ELECTRIC CHAIR
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  • FOR WHAT HE DID, BUT I'VE FORGIVEN HIM,
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  • SO WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?
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  • AND THAT AFTERNOON I EXPLAINED TO HIM THE
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  • DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VENGEANCE AND JUSTICE.
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  • WHEN WE FORGIVE WE GIVE UP OUR RIGHT TO VENGEANCE.
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  • YOU KNOW WHAT VENGEANCE IS?
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  • HURTING SOMEBODY ELSE FOR HURTING US.
  • 00:11:03.250 --> 00:11:06.050
  • THAT'S WHAT VENGEANCE IS.
  • 00:11:06.060 --> 00:11:08.010
  • BUT JUSTICE ON THE OTHER HAND,
  • 00:11:08.020 --> 00:11:10.160
  • JUSTICE IS THE PAYMENT THAT GOD OR OTHER PEOPLE
  • 00:11:10.170 --> 00:11:15.110
  • MAY REQUIRE FOR MY OFFENDER.
  • 00:11:15.120 --> 00:11:18.190
  • JUSTICE IS THE PAYMENT THAT GOD,
  • 00:11:18.200 --> 00:11:21.220
  • OR OTHER PEOPLE, OR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS MIGHT
  • 00:11:21.230 --> 00:11:24.050
  • REQUIRE FROM MY OFFENDER.
  • 00:11:24.060 --> 00:11:27.270
  • AND WHILE WE'RE TO GIVE UP OUR DESIRE FOR VENGEANCE
  • 00:11:27.280 --> 00:11:30.140
  • WE NEVER HAVE TO SURRENDER OUR DESIRE FOR JUSTICE.
  • 00:11:30.150 --> 00:11:34.130
  • WE WANT JUSTICE BECAUSE WHY?
  • 00:11:34.140 --> 00:11:36.100
  • WE'RE MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD WHO WANTS JUSTICE.
  • 00:11:36.110 --> 00:11:39.050
  • WE SERVE A JUST GOD.
  • 00:11:39.060 --> 00:11:41.000
  • THIRDLY, FORGIVENESS IS NOT ABOUT FORGETTING THE
  • 00:11:41.010 --> 00:11:45.160
  • OFFENSES COMMITTED AGAINST US.
  • 00:11:45.170 --> 00:11:47.060
  • FORGIVENESS IS NOT ABOUT FORGETTING.
  • 00:11:47.070 --> 00:11:48.270
  • PEOPLE SAY TO ME: WELL PASTOR,
  • 00:11:48.280 --> 00:11:50.040
  • I STILL REMEMBER, I KEEP THINKING ABOUT WHAT THAT
  • 00:11:50.050 --> 00:11:52.270
  • PERSON DID TO ME.
  • 00:11:52.280 --> 00:11:54.030
  • I GUESS THAT MEANS I HAVEN'T REALLY FORGIVEN THEM, RIGHT?
  • 00:11:54.040 --> 00:11:56.180
  • WRONG.
  • 00:11:56.190 --> 00:11:58.110
  • REMEMBER THIS: FORGETTING IS A BIOLOGICAL FUNCTION.
  • 00:11:58.120 --> 00:12:03.280
  • FORGIVING IS A SPIRITUAL FUNCTION.
  • 00:12:03.290 --> 00:12:07.250
  • I THINK THE BEST WAY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD'S
  • 00:12:07.260 --> 00:12:10.040
  • FORGIVENESS MEANS IS FOUND IN ROMANS 4:7-8 WHEN PAUL
  • 00:12:10.050 --> 00:12:13.280
  • QUOTING PSALM 32 SAYS, "BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE
  • 00:12:13.290 --> 00:12:17.200
  • LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN,
  • 00:12:17.210 --> 00:12:20.000
  • WHOSE SIN HAS BEEN COVERED;
  • 00:12:20.010 --> 00:12:22.010
  • BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE
  • 00:12:22.020 --> 00:12:26.120
  • INTO ACCOUNT."
  • 00:12:26.130 --> 00:12:27.290
  • THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS.
  • 00:12:28.000 --> 00:12:29.140
  • HE NO LONGER CHARGES OUR SIN TO OUR ACCOUNT.
  • 00:12:29.150 --> 00:12:34.000
  • THAT'S A FORGIVENESS TRANSACTION.
  • 00:12:34.010 --> 00:12:36.180
  • WHEN GOD FORGIVES US HE NO LONGER HOLDS US
  • 00:12:36.190 --> 00:12:39.170
  • ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR SIN.
  • 00:12:39.180 --> 00:12:43.010
  • LISTEN, THE BIBLE SAYS EVERY TIME WE SIN AGAINST
  • 00:12:43.020 --> 00:12:46.280
  • GOD WE OWE GOD FOR THE SIN WE'VE COMMITTED.
  • 00:12:46.290 --> 00:12:50.290
  • SIN ALWAYS CREATES AN OBLIGATION AND THE MORE WE
  • 00:12:51.000 --> 00:12:55.060
  • SIN THE BIGGER THE IOU THAT WE OWE GOD.
  • 00:12:55.070 --> 00:12:58.270
  • I MEAN JUST THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:12:58.280 --> 00:13:00.040
  • AND OUR SIN-DEBT IS SPINNING AROUND QUICKER
  • 00:13:00.050 --> 00:13:03.010
  • THAN THE NATIONAL DEBT RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:13:03.020 --> 00:13:05.120
  • OUR SIN-DEBT TO GOD IS INCALCULABLE,
  • 00:13:05.130 --> 00:13:07.260
  • AND THE LONGER YOU LIVE THE BIGGER THAT DEBT BECOMES.
  • 00:13:07.270 --> 00:13:12.060
  • AND LISTEN, IF YOU DIE WITHOUT HAVING PAID OFF
  • 00:13:12.070 --> 00:13:15.210
  • THAT SIN-DEBT THEN YOU SPEND ETERNITY IN HELL
  • 00:13:15.220 --> 00:13:19.040
  • SEPARATED FROM GOD TRYING TO PAY OFF THAT DEBT.
  • 00:13:19.050 --> 00:13:22.140
  • THE BIBLE SAYS, "FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH,"
  • 00:13:22.150 --> 00:13:26.080
  • ETERNAL DEATH.
  • 00:13:26.090 --> 00:13:29.010
  • THE BIGGEST CHOICE YOU AND I MAKE IN LIFE IS THE
  • 00:13:29.020 --> 00:13:31.110
  • CHOICE: WHO'S GOING TO PAY FOR MY SIN?
  • 00:13:31.120 --> 00:13:34.090
  • IT HAS TO BE PAID FOR.
  • 00:13:34.100 --> 00:13:36.050
  • THE BIBLE SAYS GOD CANNOT OVERLOOK OUR INIQUITY.
  • 00:13:36.060 --> 00:13:38.180
  • HE CAN'T TURN HIS BACK AND PLAY LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED.
  • 00:13:38.190 --> 00:13:41.020
  • GOD IS A HOLY GOD WHO DEMANDS PAYMENT FOR OUR SIN.
  • 00:13:41.030 --> 00:13:44.190
  • THE QUESTION IS: WHO'S GOING TO PAY FOR IT?
  • 00:13:44.200 --> 00:13:47.170
  • DO YOU THINK JUMPING IN THAT BAPTISTERY OVER THERE
  • 00:13:47.180 --> 00:13:49.150
  • IS GOING TO WASH AWAY YOUR SINS?
  • 00:13:49.160 --> 00:13:51.120
  • NUH-UH, NOT ENOUGH WATER IN THE WORLD TO WASH AWAY
  • 00:13:51.130 --> 00:13:54.100
  • YOUR SINS.
  • 00:13:54.110 --> 00:13:55.190
  • THINK JOINING A CHURCH IS GOING TO DO IT?
  • 00:13:55.200 --> 00:13:57.130
  • NO, BAPTISM AND CHURCH MEMBERSHIP ARE IMPORTANT,
  • 00:13:57.140 --> 00:13:59.290
  • BUT THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH PAYING
  • 00:14:00.020 --> 00:14:01.110
  • YOUR SIN-DEBT.
  • 00:14:01.120 --> 00:14:03.070
  • NO, THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSON WHO CAN PAY YOUR
  • 00:14:03.080 --> 00:14:05.020
  • SIN-DEBT, AND HIS NAME IS JESUS CHRIST;
  • 00:14:05.030 --> 00:14:08.060
  • AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HE DID ON THE CROSS.
  • 00:14:08.070 --> 00:14:11.190
  • LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT GOD DID WITH YOUR IOU AND MY
  • 00:14:11.200 --> 00:14:15.160
  • IOU IF WE REALLY HAVE TRUSTED IN CHRIST.
  • 00:14:15.170 --> 00:14:18.200
  • IT'S IN COLOSSIANS 2:13-14,
  • 00:14:18.210 --> 00:14:21.020
  • "HE HAS FORGIVEN US OF ALL OF OUR TRANSGRESSIONS,"
  • 00:14:21.030 --> 00:14:24.160
  • THIS IS SO GREAT, "HAVING CANCELED OUT THE
  • 00:14:24.170 --> 00:14:28.100
  • CERTIFICATE OF DEBT CONSISTING OF DECREES
  • 00:14:28.110 --> 00:14:31.150
  • AGAINST US WHICH WERE HOSTILE TO US,
  • 00:14:31.160 --> 00:14:34.090
  • AND HE HAS TAKEN THAT CERTIFICATE OF DEBT OUT OF
  • 00:14:34.100 --> 00:14:36.230
  • THE WAY HAVING NAILED IT TO THE CROSS."
  • 00:14:36.240 --> 00:14:39.250
  • ISN'T THAT A GREAT TRUTH?
  • 00:14:39.260 --> 00:14:42.050
  • REMEMBER SOME OF JESUS' FINAL WORDS ON THE CROSS WERE,
  • 00:14:42.060 --> 00:14:45.080
  • "IT IS," WHAT? "FINISHED."
  • 00:14:45.090 --> 00:14:49.250
  • THE GREEK, ONE GREEK WORD THERE, TETELESTAI.
  • 00:14:49.260 --> 00:14:53.180
  • TETELESTAI.
  • 00:14:53.190 --> 00:14:55.110
  • THAT WORD LITERALLY MEANS "PAID IN FULL."
  • 00:14:55.120 --> 00:14:59.130
  • ISN'T THAT GREAT?
  • 00:14:59.140 --> 00:15:00.290
  • JESUS PAID THE DEBT WE COULD NEVER REPAY.
  • 00:15:01.000 --> 00:15:03.170
  • THAT $16 BILLION SIN-DEBT.
  • 00:15:03.180 --> 00:15:06.110
  • HE'S DONE IT ALL.
  • 00:15:06.120 --> 00:15:07.260
  • THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN ADD TO IT,
  • 00:15:07.270 --> 00:15:10.150
  • BUT THERE'S SOMETHING WE MUST DO TO RECEIVE IT.
  • 00:15:10.160 --> 00:15:14.170
  • THE BIGGEST CHOICE WE EVER MAKE IN OUR LIFE IS THE
  • 00:15:14.180 --> 00:15:17.050
  • CHOICE WHO'S GOING TO PAY FOR MY SIN.
  • 00:15:17.060 --> 00:15:19.190
  • WE CAN SPEND ALL OF THIS LIFE AND ALL ETERNITY IN
  • 00:15:19.200 --> 00:15:22.270
  • HELL TRYING TO PAY OFF THAT DEBT AND WE'LL NEVER
  • 00:15:22.280 --> 00:15:25.060
  • DO IT, OR WE CAN SAY BY FAITH: JESUS,
  • 00:15:25.070 --> 00:15:28.150
  • I BELIEVE YOU PAID THE DEBT FOR ME.
  • 00:15:28.160 --> 00:15:30.200
  • I'M NOT TRUSTING IN MYSELF.
  • 00:15:30.210 --> 00:15:32.030
  • I'M TRUSTING IN WHAT YOU DID FOR ME.
  • 00:15:32.040 --> 00:15:34.140
  • I'M GOING TO ALLOW YOU TO PAY THE DEBT FOR ME.
  • 00:15:34.150 --> 00:15:38.180
  • THAT'S WHAT JESUS CHRIST OFFERS TO DO.
  • 00:15:38.190 --> 00:15:42.070
  • NO, FORGIVENESS IS NOT ABOUT FORGETTING - IT'S
  • 00:15:42.080 --> 00:15:46.050
  • ABOUT NOT HOLDING TO ACCOUNT SOMEBODY ELSE'S SIN.
  • 00:15:46.060 --> 00:15:49.100
  • FOURTH, FORGIVENESS IS NOT RECONCILING WITH OUR OFFENDER.
  • 00:15:49.110 --> 00:15:54.090
  • FORGIVENESS DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN
  • 00:15:54.100 --> 00:15:56.170
  • RECONCILING WITH OUR OFFENDER.
  • 00:15:56.180 --> 00:15:58.200
  • I'VE TALKED TO MANY WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN PHYSICALLY
  • 00:15:58.210 --> 00:16:02.230
  • ABUSED BY THEIR HUSBANDS, AND THEY'VE MADE THE RIGHT
  • 00:16:02.240 --> 00:16:06.100
  • CHOICE TO SEPARATE, TO MOVE THEMSELVES AND/OR
  • 00:16:06.110 --> 00:16:09.180
  • THEIR CHILDREN AWAY FROM THAT ABUSIVE BACKGROUND.
  • 00:16:09.190 --> 00:16:12.220
  • GOD DOESN'T ASK US TO GO THROUGH PHYSICAL HARM IN
  • 00:16:12.230 --> 00:16:17.140
  • THE HOME.
  • 00:16:17.150 --> 00:16:18.060
  • THAT'S NOT GOD'S PLAN AT ALL,
  • 00:16:18.070 --> 00:16:19.290
  • AND YET SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY AFTER THEY'VE
  • 00:16:20.000 --> 00:16:23.100
  • SEPARATED THEY REALIZE AS A CHRISTIAN THEY NEED TO
  • 00:16:23.110 --> 00:16:25.260
  • FORGIVE THEIR HUSBAND, BUT THEY'RE RELUCTANT TO DO SO
  • 00:16:25.270 --> 00:16:29.250
  • BECAUSE THEY'RE AFRAID THAT IF THEY FORGIVE THEIR
  • 00:16:29.260 --> 00:16:32.090
  • HUSBAND THAT THAT MEANS THEY HAVE TO AUTOMATICALLY
  • 00:16:32.100 --> 00:16:35.070
  • MOVE BACK IN, PUT THEIR LIVES OR THE LIFE OF THEIR
  • 00:16:35.080 --> 00:16:37.170
  • CHILDREN IN DANGER.
  • 00:16:37.180 --> 00:16:38.150
  • NO, THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
  • 00:16:38.160 --> 00:16:41.050
  • FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION.
  • 00:16:41.060 --> 00:16:44.230
  • FORGIVENESS IS UNCONDITIONAL.
  • 00:16:44.240 --> 00:16:46.280
  • IT DOESN'T DEPEND ON WHAT MY OFFENDER DOES OR
  • 00:16:46.290 --> 00:16:48.280
  • DOESN'T DO, BUT RECONCILIATION IS VERY CONDITIONAL.
  • 00:16:48.290 --> 00:16:53.140
  • NOW LET'S TALK VERY QUICKLY ABOUT THE STEPS TO
  • 00:16:53.150 --> 00:16:57.100
  • UNDERSTANDING AUTHENTIC FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:16:57.110 --> 00:16:59.240
  • GO BACK TO MATTHEW 18:27, "AND THE LORD OF THAT
  • 00:16:59.250 --> 00:17:04.110
  • SLAVE FELT COMPASSION, AND RELEASED HIM,
  • 00:17:04.120 --> 00:17:08.190
  • AND HE FORGAVE HIM OF THE DEBT."
  • 00:17:08.200 --> 00:17:12.140
  • FIRST OF ALL NOTICE GENUINE FORGIVENESS
  • 00:17:12.150 --> 00:17:15.080
  • ACKNOWLEDGES THE OFFENSE THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE.
  • 00:17:15.090 --> 00:17:18.240
  • AGAIN, WE'RE NOT ASKING YOU TO IGNORE IT,
  • 00:17:18.250 --> 00:17:21.160
  • RATIONALIZE IT, PRETEND IT NEVER HAPPENED - YOU
  • 00:17:21.170 --> 00:17:24.130
  • CANNOT FORGIVE THOSE YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO BLAME.
  • 00:17:24.140 --> 00:17:28.080
  • SECONDLY, GENUINE FORGIVENESS CALCULATES THE
  • 00:17:28.090 --> 00:17:33.000
  • DEBT THAT IS OWED TO US.
  • 00:17:33.010 --> 00:17:35.050
  • IT CALCULATES THE DEBT THAT IS OWED TO US.
  • 00:17:35.060 --> 00:17:39.130
  • YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE FORGIVING BEFORE
  • 00:17:39.140 --> 00:17:41.060
  • YOU CAN LET GO OF IT.
  • 00:17:41.070 --> 00:17:43.120
  • GENUINE FORGIVENESS CALCULATES THE DEBT,
  • 00:17:43.130 --> 00:17:46.110
  • AND, THIRDLY, GENUINE FORGIVENESS RELEASES
  • 00:17:46.120 --> 00:17:49.270
  • THE DEBTOR TO GOD.
  • 00:17:49.280 --> 00:17:52.170
  • DON'T MISS THIS: WHY DID THAT KING FORGIVE A $16 BILLION DEBT?
  • 00:17:52.180 --> 00:17:59.020
  • JESUS SAID BECAUSE OF COMPASSION.
  • 00:17:59.030 --> 00:18:01.250
  • OBVIOUSLY, I THINK JESUS WAS RIGHT.
  • 00:18:01.260 --> 00:18:04.130
  • IT WAS COMPASSION.
  • 00:18:04.140 --> 00:18:05.180
  • EVEN THOUGH HE WAS A HARDENED KING
  • 00:18:05.190 --> 00:18:07.080
  • HE FELT COMPASSION FOR THAT PITIFUL SLAVE
  • 00:18:07.090 --> 00:18:09.220
  • OFFERING TO REPAY AN UNREPAYABLE DEBT.
  • 00:18:09.230 --> 00:18:13.140
  • HE KNEW HE WOULD NEVER GET THAT MONEY BACK.
  • 00:18:13.150 --> 00:18:16.000
  • THE IOU HE HAD WAS WORTHLESS.
  • 00:18:16.010 --> 00:18:18.230
  • I MEAN THINK ABOUT IT, WHAT COULD ANYBODY REPAY
  • 00:18:18.240 --> 00:18:22.180
  • YOU TO MAKE UP FOR A MARRIAGE THAT WAS
  • 00:18:22.190 --> 00:18:25.250
  • DESTROYED BY ADULTERY?
  • 00:18:25.260 --> 00:18:28.110
  • WHAT COULD ANYBODY DO TO REPAY YOU FOR YOUR
  • 00:18:28.120 --> 00:18:30.150
  • REPUTATION THAT WAS UNFAIRLY RUINED BY SLANDER?
  • 00:18:30.160 --> 00:18:35.080
  • WHAT COULD ANYBODY DO TO MAKE UP TO A PARENT WHOSE
  • 00:18:35.090 --> 00:18:39.030
  • CHILD WAS KILLED BY A DRUNK DRIVER?
  • 00:18:39.040 --> 00:18:43.040
  • LETTING GO, FORGIVING IS REALLY THE ONLY REASONABLE
  • 00:18:43.050 --> 00:18:49.270
  • RESPONSE WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:18:49.280 --> 00:18:51.180
  • WE ALL HOLD THIS WORTHLESS IOU.
  • 00:18:51.190 --> 00:18:55.200
  • THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED HERE.
  • 00:18:55.210 --> 00:18:57.150
  • YOU'RE SITTING THERE THINKING: YOU KNOW,
  • 00:18:57.160 --> 00:18:58.290
  • AS PASTOR JEFFRESS HAS BEEN TALKING I REMEMBER
  • 00:18:59.000 --> 00:19:00.290
  • ALL THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WRONGED ME.
  • 00:19:01.000 --> 00:19:03.080
  • WHAT ARE YOU TO DO ABOUT IT?
  • 00:19:03.090 --> 00:19:04.140
  • ONE WORD: FORGIVE.
  • 00:19:04.150 --> 00:19:06.200
  • IT DOESN'T MATTER IF THEY'RE SITTING NEXT TO
  • 00:19:06.210 --> 00:19:09.020
  • YOU IN THE PEW, WHETHER THEY'RE THERE IN THE NEXT
  • 00:19:09.030 --> 00:19:11.250
  • CITY, THE NEXT STATE, IT DOESN'T MATTER EVEN IF
  • 00:19:11.260 --> 00:19:14.160
  • THEY'RE IN THE CEMETERY, YOU CAN FORGIVE THEM RIGHT
  • 00:19:14.170 --> 00:19:17.200
  • WHERE YOU ARE.
  • 00:19:17.210 --> 00:19:18.240
  • LET GO OF IT REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY EVER ASK FOR
  • 00:19:18.250 --> 00:19:22.200
  • FORGIVENESS OR NOT.
  • 00:19:22.210 --> 00:19:24.280
  • DO YOU ALL REMEMBER - DID YOU EVER GO TO THOSE KINDS
  • 00:19:24.290 --> 00:19:26.280
  • OF OLD-FASHIONED PICNICS THAT WE USED TO HAVE MORE
  • 00:19:26.290 --> 00:19:30.210
  • OF AND WHERE THEY WOULD HAVE A CONTEST,
  • 00:19:30.220 --> 00:19:33.130
  • A GAME CALLED THE THREE-LEGGED RACE?
  • 00:19:33.140 --> 00:19:35.170
  • DID YOU EVER PARTICIPATE IN A THREE-LEGGED RACE?
  • 00:19:35.180 --> 00:19:38.130
  • YOU KNOW YOU GET YOU RIGHT LEG BOUND TO THE LEFT LEG
  • 00:19:38.140 --> 00:19:41.130
  • OF YOUR PARTNER, AND YOU'VE GOT SEVERAL
  • 00:19:41.140 --> 00:19:43.130
  • DIFFERENT TEAMS, AND YOU'RE TRYING TO MAKE IT
  • 00:19:43.140 --> 00:19:45.050
  • TO THE FINISH LINE, AND YOU'RE HOBBLING ALONG LIKE THIS?
  • 00:19:45.060 --> 00:19:48.070
  • YOU'RE HOBBLING ALONG, AND IF YOU'VE EVER HAD THE
  • 00:19:48.080 --> 00:19:50.140
  • THOUGHT THAT I HAVE YOU PROBABLY HAVE THROUGH AT
  • 00:19:50.150 --> 00:19:52.040
  • SOME POINT IN THAT: IF ONLY I COULD GET LOOSE
  • 00:19:52.050 --> 00:19:54.220
  • FROM THIS NITWIT, I COULD GO A LOT FARTHER AND A LOT
  • 00:19:54.230 --> 00:19:57.130
  • FASTER AND WIN THE CONTEST.
  • 00:19:57.140 --> 00:20:00.220
  • BUT YOU SEE, THREE-LEGGED RACES DON'T ALLOW
  • 00:20:00.230 --> 00:20:02.290
  • FOR SOLO CONTENDERS.
  • 00:20:03.000 --> 00:20:05.100
  • THE FACT IS WHEN YOU'RE BOUND TO SOMEBODY ELSE YOU
  • 00:20:05.110 --> 00:20:08.070
  • CAN GO ONLY AS FAST AND AS FAR
  • 00:20:08.080 --> 00:20:11.070
  • AS THEY'RE WILLING TO TRAVEL.
  • 00:20:11.080 --> 00:20:12.160
  • NOW LISTEN TO ME, WHEN YOU MAKE FORGIVING ANOTHER
  • 00:20:12.170 --> 00:20:16.040
  • PERSON DEPENDENT ON WHAT THEY DO,
  • 00:20:16.050 --> 00:20:18.080
  • IT'S LIKE YOU'RE EMOTIONALLY TYING YOURSELF
  • 00:20:18.090 --> 00:20:21.110
  • TO THAT OTHER PERSON.
  • 00:20:21.120 --> 00:20:23.000
  • IF YOU'RE SAYING: I CAN'T FORGIVE THEM UNTIL THEY
  • 00:20:23.010 --> 00:20:24.220
  • SAY 'I'M SORRY,' THEN YOU CAN GO NO FURTHER IN LIFE,
  • 00:20:24.230 --> 00:20:28.070
  • NO MORE QUICKLY IN LIFE THAN THEY'RE WILLING OR
  • 00:20:28.080 --> 00:20:30.240
  • UNWILLING TO GO.
  • 00:20:30.250 --> 00:20:32.190
  • WHEN I SAY,
  • 00:20:32.200 --> 00:20:33.240
  • IF NOT TO THEM DIRECTLY, TO GOD: I NO LONGER WANT
  • 00:20:33.250 --> 00:20:36.150
  • TO BE BOUND TO THIS OTHER PERSON.
  • 00:20:36.160 --> 00:20:38.190
  • I'M LETTING GO OF THE HURT THAT THEY'VE COMMITTED
  • 00:20:38.200 --> 00:20:41.090
  • AGAINST ME SO THAT I CAN BE FREE TO LIVE THE LIFE
  • 00:20:41.100 --> 00:20:44.180
  • THAT GOD HAS PLANNED FOR ME.
  • 00:20:44.190 --> 00:20:46.190
  • TODAY I AM LETTING GO, I'M UNBINDING MYSELF SO THAT I
  • 00:20:46.200 --> 00:20:50.130
  • CAN GO WHERE GOD WANTS ME TO GO.
  • 00:20:50.140 --> 00:20:53.220
  • REMEMBER THAT FIRST SLAVE?
  • 00:20:53.230 --> 00:20:56.030
  • BECAUSE HE DIDN'T FORGIVE HE WAS PUT INTO THE
  • 00:20:56.040 --> 00:20:58.090
  • PRISON, THE TORTURER'S HOUSE WHERE HE WAS
  • 00:20:58.100 --> 00:21:01.200
  • TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOREVER AND EVER.
  • 00:21:01.210 --> 00:21:03.290
  • WHEN YOU REFUSE TO FORGIVE UNTIL SOMEBODY DOES
  • 00:21:04.000 --> 00:21:06.280
  • SOMETHING, YOU'RE GOING THROUGH MENTAL,
  • 00:21:06.290 --> 00:21:10.050
  • EMOTIONAL, AND SPIRITUAL TORTURE JUST WAITING FOR
  • 00:21:10.060 --> 00:21:13.050
  • THEM TO FREE YOU.
  • 00:21:13.060 --> 00:21:14.080
  • NO, YOU NEED TO BE FREE OF THAT OTHER PERSON.
  • 00:21:14.090 --> 00:21:18.000
  • LEWIS SMEDES SAID: WHEN WE FORGIVE WE SET THE
  • 00:21:18.010 --> 00:21:20.270
  • PRISONER FREE, AND THE PRISONER WE SET FREE IS US.
  • 00:21:20.280 --> 00:21:25.250
  • THAT'S THE PRACTICAL REASON TO FORGIVE,
  • 00:21:25.260 --> 00:21:28.280
  • BUT THE GREATER REASON IS THE SPIRITUAL REASON.
  • 00:21:28.290 --> 00:21:32.150
  • AS JESUS SAID, "IF YOU DON'T FORGIVE OTHERS,
  • 00:21:32.160 --> 00:21:35.230
  • GOD WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU."
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  • PASTOR, I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT.
  • 00:21:37.130 --> 00:21:39.290
  • ARE YOU SAYING THAT WE EARN OUR FORGIVENESS BY
  • 00:21:40.000 --> 00:21:42.180
  • FORGIVING OTHER PEOPLE?
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  • OF COURSE NOT.
  • 00:21:43.270 --> 00:21:45.000
  • PAUL SAID, "FOR BY GRACE, GOD'S GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN
  • 00:21:45.010 --> 00:21:47.160
  • SAVED THROUGH FAITH, AND THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES,
  • 00:21:47.170 --> 00:21:49.230
  • IT IS A GIFT OF GOD NOT OF WORKS,
  • 00:21:49.240 --> 00:21:51.280
  • LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST."
  • 00:21:51.290 --> 00:21:53.290
  • WELL THEN PASTOR, ARE YOU SAYING THAT IF WE DON'T
  • 00:21:54.000 --> 00:21:56.040
  • FORGIVE WE LOSE OUR SALVATION?
  • 00:21:56.050 --> 00:21:58.160
  • NOT SAYING THAT EITHER.
  • 00:21:58.170 --> 00:22:00.020
  • ROMANS 11:29 SAYS, "THE GIFTS OF GOD ARE IRREVOCABLE."
  • 00:22:00.030 --> 00:22:04.220
  • GOD DOESN'T TAKE AWAY WHAT HE'S GIVEN AS A GIFT.
  • 00:22:04.230 --> 00:22:07.060
  • WHAT I'M SAYING IS: IF YOU FIND YOURSELF SAYING WHAT
  • 00:22:07.070 --> 00:22:11.000
  • I HEAR MANY PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH SAYING: I CANNOT FORGIVE.
  • 00:22:11.010 --> 00:22:16.120
  • I CANNOT FORGIVE.
  • 00:22:16.130 --> 00:22:17.200
  • I WILL NOT FORGIVE.
  • 00:22:17.210 --> 00:22:21.110
  • IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU LOSE YOUR SALVATION,
  • 00:22:21.120 --> 00:22:24.180
  • IT MEANS YOU NEVER HAD SALVATION TO BEGIN WITH.
  • 00:22:24.190 --> 00:22:27.290
  • BECAUSE SOMEBODY WHO HAS TRULY RECEIVED GOD'S
  • 00:22:29.120 --> 00:22:33.090
  • FORGIVENESS, WHO HAS UNDERSTOOD THE MAGNITUDE
  • 00:22:33.100 --> 00:22:37.120
  • OF HIS OWN SIN, THAT $16 BILLION DEBT
  • 00:22:37.130 --> 00:22:42.020
  • WILL NATURALLY FORGIVE SOMEBODY OF A MUCH LESS OFFENSE
  • 00:22:42.240 --> 00:22:47.110
  • THAN WE'VE COMMITTED AGAINST GOD.
  • 00:22:47.120 --> 00:22:50.150
  • FORGIVENESS IS THE OBLIGATION OF THOSE
  • 00:22:50.160 --> 00:22:52.250
  • WHO HAVE FORGIVEN.
  • 00:22:52.260 --> 00:22:54.150
  • PAUL SAID IT THIS WAY IN EPHESIANS 4:32,
  • 00:22:54.160 --> 00:22:58.010
  • "BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER, TENDERHEARTED,
  • 00:22:58.020 --> 00:23:01.120
  • FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER JUST AS GOD IN CHRIST
  • 00:23:01.130 --> 00:23:07.170
  • HAS FORGIVEN YOU."
  • 00:23:07.180 --> 00:23:10.050
  • MUSIC
  • 00:23:10.060 --> 00:23:16.060
  • THERE ARE GREAT PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL BENEFITS TO
  • 00:23:16.070 --> 00:23:19.220
  • FORGIVENESS BUT THEY PALE IN COMPARISON TO THE
  • 00:23:19.230 --> 00:23:23.070
  • SPIRITUAL BENEFITS.
  • 00:23:23.080 --> 00:23:24.220
  • "FOR IF YOU FORGIVE OTHERS FOR THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS,
  • 00:23:24.230 --> 00:23:28.140
  • YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER WILL ALSO FORGIVE YOU;
  • 00:23:28.150 --> 00:23:31.200
  • BUT IF YOU DO NOT FORGIVE OTHERS THEN YOUR FATHER
  • 00:23:31.210 --> 00:23:35.040
  • WILL NOT FORGIVE YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS,"
  • 00:23:35.050 --> 00:23:37.100
  • JESUS WARNED EVERY ONE OF US.
  • 00:23:37.110 --> 00:23:40.080
  • YOU WANT TO BE A GOOD CHRISTIAN,
  • 00:23:40.230 --> 00:23:42.070
  • BUT YOUR SPIRITUAL TO-DO LIST KEEPS GETTING LONGER.
  • 00:23:42.080 --> 00:23:45.150
  • AND AS YOU STRIVE TO FULFILL A NEVER-ENDING
  • 00:23:45.160 --> 00:23:47.190
  • LIST OF REQUIREMENTS YOU FEEL MORE AND MORE
  • 00:23:47.200 --> 00:23:49.260
  • DISCONNECTED FROM GOD.
  • 00:23:49.270 --> 00:23:51.200
  • BREAK FREE FROM THE BURDEN OF PERFORMANCE-BASED
  • 00:23:51.210 --> 00:23:54.080
  • RELIGION AND DISCOVER WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO LIVE
  • 00:23:54.090 --> 00:23:56.240
  • A LIFE THAT PLEASES GOD.
  • 00:23:56.250 --> 00:23:58.260
  • IN CLUTTER-FREE CHRISTIANITY,
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS TEACHES HOW TO FOLLOW
  • 00:24:01.010 --> 00:24:03.000
  • CHRIST IN FORGIVENESS, OBEDIENCE,
  • 00:24:03.010 --> 00:24:05.030
  • TRUST, CONTENTMENT, SERVICE,
  • 00:24:05.040 --> 00:24:07.090
  • AND PRAYER.
  • 00:24:07.100 --> 00:24:08.220
  • REQUEST CLUTTER-FREE CHRISTIANITY WHEN YOU GIVE
  • 00:24:08.230 --> 00:24:11.140
  • A GENEROUS GIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
  • 00:24:11.150 --> 00:24:14.010
  • WHEN YOU GIVE, YOU'LL RECEIVE A DVD COPY OF
  • 00:24:14.020 --> 00:24:16.180
  • DR. JEFFRESS' SIGNATURE MESSAGE,
  • 00:24:16.190 --> 00:24:18.200
  • AMERICA IS A CHRISTIAN NATION.
  • 00:24:18.210 --> 00:24:20.160
  • AND WHEN YOU GIVE $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:24:20.170 --> 00:24:23.090
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE 7 MARKS OF A DISCIPLE
  • 00:24:23.100 --> 00:24:26.010
  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD!
  • 00:24:26.020 --> 00:24:29.070
  • DIVE DEEP INTO THE CORE TENETS OF YOUR FAITH AND
  • 00:24:29.080 --> 00:24:32.130
  • EXPERIENCE THE REAL-LIFE CHANGES THAT COME FROM
  • 00:24:32.140 --> 00:24:35.010
  • FOLLOWING JESUS.
  • 00:24:35.020 --> 00:24:36.140
  • THANKS TO THE FAITHFUL SUPPORT OF FRIENDS LIKE
  • 00:24:36.150 --> 00:24:38.200
  • YOU, WE ARE PIERCING THE DARKNESS WITH THE LIGHT OF
  • 00:24:38.210 --> 00:24:41.100
  • GOD'S WORD THROUGH THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEDIA AVAILABLE.
  • 00:24:41.110 --> 00:24:44.040
  • SO PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF
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  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY AND REQUEST YOUR COPY OF THESE
  • 00:24:47.140 --> 00:24:50.110
  • RESOURCES TODAY!
  • 00:24:50.120 --> 00:24:52.070
  • MUSIC
  • 00:24:52.080 --> 00:24:54.030
  • FORGIVENESS IS THE OBLIGATION OF THOSE
  • 00:24:54.040 --> 00:24:56.280
  • WHO HAVE TRULY BEEN FORGIVEN.
  • 00:24:56.290 --> 00:24:59.050
  • AND YET WE STILL FIND IT DIFFICULT TO DO,
  • 00:24:59.060 --> 00:25:01.130
  • DON'T WE?
  • 00:25:01.140 --> 00:25:02.210
  • I HOPE TODAY'S MESSAGE HAS BROUGHT YOU A STEP CLOSER
  • 00:25:02.220 --> 00:25:05.150
  • TO EXPERIENCING THE FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:25:05.160 --> 00:25:09.230
  • WELL, WE'VE COME A LONG WAY IN OUR SERIES
  • 00:25:09.240 --> 00:25:11.290
  • ON THE 7 MARKS OF A DISCIPLE.
  • 00:25:12.000 --> 00:25:14.130
  • AND NEXT WEEK, WE'LL MOVE ON TO THE FINAL MESSAGE,
  • 00:25:14.140 --> 00:25:16.280
  • BUT THIS FINAL MESSAGE ACTUALLY IS WHAT
  • 00:25:16.290 --> 00:25:20.040
  • THE FIRST MARK OF A DISCIPLE TRULY IS.
  • 00:25:20.050 --> 00:25:23.210
  • YOU SEE, EVERYTHING WE'VE COVERED SO FAR - PRAYER,
  • 00:25:23.220 --> 00:25:27.020
  • FORGIVENESS, TRUST, AND SO ON - IS A JOINT PROJECT
  • 00:25:27.030 --> 00:25:31.020
  • BETWEEN GOD AND US.
  • 00:25:31.030 --> 00:25:32.270
  • BUT A REGENERATE HEART IS SOMETHING THAT ONLY GOD
  • 00:25:32.280 --> 00:25:36.070
  • CAN GIVE TO US.
  • 00:25:36.080 --> 00:25:37.220
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF OUR NEXT MESSAGE.
  • 00:25:37.230 --> 00:25:40.280
  • TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
  • 00:25:41.200 --> 00:25:43.280
  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:43.290 --> 00:25:46.000
  • YOU'RE INVITED TO REQUEST A COPY OF DR. JEFFRESS'
  • 00:25:46.010 --> 00:25:48.150
  • BESTSELLING BOOK, CLUTTER-FREE CHRISTIANITY.
  • 00:25:48.160 --> 00:25:51.120
  • AS AN ADDED BONUS, YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE A DVD COPY OF
  • 00:25:51.130 --> 00:25:54.120
  • DR. JEFFRESS' SIGNATURE MESSAGE,
  • 00:25:54.130 --> 00:25:56.030
  • AMERICA IS A CHRISTIAN NATION,
  • 00:25:56.040 --> 00:25:58.190
  • ALONG WITH THREE COMPLIMENTARY COPIES OF
  • 00:25:58.200 --> 00:26:00.210
  • PATHWAY MAGAZINE.
  • 00:26:00.220 --> 00:26:02.040
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:02.050 --> 00:26:04.160
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE SEVEN MARKS OF A DISCIPLE
  • 00:26:04.170 --> 00:26:07.090
  • TEACHING SERIES ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:07.100 --> 00:26:10.040
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF YOUR
  • 00:26:10.050 --> 00:26:13.020
  • GENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:13.030 --> 00:26:14.080
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING,
  • 00:26:14.090 --> 00:26:15.220
  • OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY!
  • 00:26:15.230 --> 00:26:17.170
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT WEEK ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
  • 00:26:17.180 --> 00:26:20.230
  • SALVATION IS SOMETHING GOD DOES FOR US WE CAN'T DO
  • 00:26:20.240 --> 00:26:23.260
  • FOR OURSELVES.
  • 00:26:23.270 --> 00:26:24.200
  • THAT IS COMPLETELY AN ACT OF GOD,
  • 00:26:24.210 --> 00:26:26.180
  • "FOR BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED THROUGH FAITH,
  • 00:26:26.190 --> 00:26:29.110
  • THAT NOT OF YOURSELVES; IT IS A GIFT OF GOD NOT OF
  • 00:26:29.120 --> 00:26:32.170
  • WORKS, LEST ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST."
  • 00:26:32.180 --> 00:26:35.020
  • SALVATION IS GOD'S WORK ALONE,
  • 00:26:35.030 --> 00:26:37.040
  • BUT THE TRANSFORMATION OF OUR HEART IS A JOINT WORK
  • 00:26:37.050 --> 00:26:41.150
  • BETWEEN GOD AND US AFTER WE'RE SAVED.
  • 00:26:41.160 --> 00:26:44.060
  • WITHOUT GOD, WE CANNOT TRANSFORM OUR HEARTS.
  • 00:26:44.070 --> 00:26:47.180
  • WITHOUT US, GOD WILL NOT TRANSFORM OUR HEARTS.
  • 00:26:47.190 --> 00:26:51.050
  • SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME FOR A MESSAGE CALLED,
  • 00:26:51.060 --> 00:26:54.080
  • DEVELOPING A REGENERATE HEART
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  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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