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The Principle of Love

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January 18, 2021
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Pastor Robert continues the RELAT10NSHIP series by explaining forgiveness and encouraging us to forgive others.

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: In other words,how do you forgive?
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  • Well, forgivenessis giving grace.
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  • So, how do you give grace?
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  • You have to receive grace.
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  • You can't give it if youhaven't received it.
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  • If you have a problem givingforgiveness,
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  • you have a problem receivingforgiveness.
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  • ROBERT: We are in a seriescalled "Relationship Through
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  • God's Top Ten", so we'retalking about that God gave
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  • us the Ten Commandments,but I believe there's
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  • a principle behind everycommandment,
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  • and it's a principle ofrelationship.
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  • And so, this week I wantto talk to you about
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  • "The Principle of Love",and we are now
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  • on the sixth commandment, andthe sixth commandment,
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  • in Exodus 20:13, "You shallnot murder".
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  • I want to explain somethingabout this, by the way,
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  • that this is different fromyou shall not kill.
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  • The Bible doesn't saythou shalt not kill.
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  • The Old King Jamestranslated it that way,
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  • but there's a difference betweenmurder and killing,
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  • and murder means that you take alife when you don't
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  • have the authorityto take that life.
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  • But, there are times whenlaw enforcement,
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  • military engaged in war, thejudicial system, takes a life,
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  • and that is differentthan murder.
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  • Even the Bible implementedcapital punishment.
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  • So, please understand thatwe are free today in America
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  • because men and women foughtfor our freedom,
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  • and they were not violating thesixth commandment when they were
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  • fighting for our freedom,because they weren't
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  • murdering, okay?
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  • So, I'm calling this "ThePrinciple of Love",
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  • and the reason I'm calling it"The Principle of Love"
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  • is because love is the oppositeof murder, because the Bible
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  • links murder to hate, andI'm going to show you that,
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  • all right?
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  • So, I'll get toLuke 7 in a moment.
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  • I'll show you acouple of Scriptures.
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  • 1 John 3:15, "Whoever hateshis brother is a murderer."
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  • And then to show you how itlinks the opposite of these
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  • principles here of murder,the opposite to love,
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  • it lists the last fivecommandments, which we're
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  • on now, starting the sixththrough the tenth,
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  • in Romans 13:9.
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  • "For the commandments, "Youshall not commit adultery,
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  • You shall not murder, Youshall not steal,
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  • You shall not bear falsewitness, You shall not covet",
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  • those are six through ten there,"and if there is any other
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  • commandment, they are allsummed up in this saying,
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  • namely, "You shall loveyour neighbor as yourself."
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  • Now, I normallyhave three points.
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  • I have a rhythm, kindof, that I go through.
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  • But I have fivepoints today.
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  • But I'm going to have tomove kind of quickly through
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  • the first three to set up afoundation for the last two,
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  • all right?
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  • So, "You shall not murder".
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  • I'm really not worried aboutsomeone in our congregation
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  • murdering someone.
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  • I know I heardthis one lady.
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  • She said that she'd beenmarried for 60 years.
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  • Her husband passed away andsomeone asked her,
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  • did you ever thinkabout divorce?
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  • She said, no, I neverthought about divorce.
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  • Murder, yes,but not divorce.
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  • But she was just joking.
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  • So, I'm not worried aboutyou committing murder.
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  • I'm worried though, andconcerned, about the things
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  • that lead to murder, such ashate and unforgiveness,
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  • and some things like -- that'swhat Satan's trying to do.
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  • There's a path.
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  • So, I'm going to showyou the path, all right?
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  • So, here's point number one.
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  • Hate precedes murder.
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  • Hate precedes, goesbefore, murder.
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  • This is a story ofJoseph, Genesis 37:4-5.
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  • "But when his brothers sawthat their father loved him
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  • more than all hisbrothers, they hated him."
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  • So, the brothers of Joseph"hated him and could not
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  • speak peaceably to him.
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  • Now Joseph had a dream, andhe told it to his brothers,
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  • and they hatedhim even more."
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  • So, they hate him.
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  • Then you look down at Verse 18,"Now when they saw him afar off,
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  • even beforehe came near them,
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  • they conspired againsthim to kill him."
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  • Okay, so why did theyconspire to murder him?
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  • Because they hated him.
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  • Let me show it toyou in the law.
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  • Deuteronomy 19:11-12,"But if anyone hates
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  • his neighbor, lies in wait forhim, rises against him
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  • and strikes him mortally, sothat he dies,
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  • and then he flees to one ofthese cities, then the elders
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  • of his city shall send andbring him from there,
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  • and deliver him over to the handof the avenger of blood,
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  • that he may die."
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  • Capital punishmentfor murder.
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  • That is a person -- so itshows he hated him
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  • and here's what it's saying.
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  • We know he murdered him,because he hated him.
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  • Watch how it shows,again, hate and murder.
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  • Joshua 20:5, "Then if theavenger of blood pursues him,
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  • they shall not deliverthe slayer into his hand,
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  • because he struck hisneighbor unintentionally,
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  • but did not hatehim beforehand."
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  • See, the way they knew ifyou murdered someone
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  • was if you hated him, or if itwas an accident
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  • and you struck him and he diedunintentionally.
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  • So, hate precedes murder.
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  • So, what precedes hate?
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  • Number two, angerprecedes hate.
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  • Before you hate someone,you get angry at them.
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  • The first murder in theBible was because of anger,
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  • Cain and Abel.
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  • Genesis 4:3, "And in theprocess of time it came to pass
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  • that Cain brought anoffering of the fruit
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  • of the ground to the Lord."
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  • Notice, by the way, it wasnot a first fruit offering.
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  • "Abel also brought of thefirstborn of his flock
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  • and of their fat.
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  • And the Lord respected Abeland his offering,
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  • but He did not respect Cainand his offering.
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  • And Cain was very angry", angry,"and his countenance fell."
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  • And then in Verse 8, "Caintalked with Abel, his brother.
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  • It came to pass when theywere in the field that Cain
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  • rose up against Abel, hisbrother, and killed him."
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  • He was angry, sohe killed him.
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  • See?
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  • Now, let me explainsomething to you.
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  • Anger is an emotion, and you canactually be angry and not sin.
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  • As a matter of fact, there'sa verse that says,
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  • "Be angry and do not sin."
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  • So, it's not that angeris a sin,
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  • it's what you do with the anger.
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  • Have you ever known someonethat has a tendency to just
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  • kind of blow up at people?
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  • Don't punch anyone inthe ribs right now!
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  • Or, let's justdo it this way.
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  • Or have you ever blown up?
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  • Hello?
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  • You don't want to sayamen right now, do you?
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  • Remember, this is church.
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  • All right.
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  • So, we've all blown up.
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  • Let me tell you why you blowup, or why a person has
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  • a tendency to blow up a lot,because the person
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  • has anger that's unresolved.
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  • It's unresolved anger that'sjust sitting in you
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  • that causes you to explode.
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  • If we can get that anger out,then even when you go through
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  • a tough time, youwon't blow up
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  • because there's not any anger inthere for you to blow up.
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  • So, we have to resolve it.
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  • So, hate precedes murder.
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  • What precedes hate?
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  • Anger.
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  • Anger precedes hate.
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  • Here's number three.
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  • What precedes anger?
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  • An offense precedes anger.
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  • An offense precedes anger.
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  • Cain was offendedat God and at Abel.
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  • That's why he got angry.
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  • It offended him that Godaccepted Abel's offering
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  • and not Cain's.
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  • Okay, let me show you acouple of Scriptures.
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  • Matthew 24:10, "And thenmany will be offended,
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  • and betray one another, andwill hate one another."
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  • They're offended, sonow they hate people.
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  • We read last week whereJesus talked about a prophet,
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  • it's not without honor except tohis own family
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  • and his own country, okay?
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  • And, they were offended.
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  • Let me read a little bit ofthat again and pick up
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  • on one of the words thatwe need to talk about.
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  • Mark 6:2-3, "And when theSabbath had come,
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  • He began to teach in thesynagogue.
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  • And many hearing Himwere astonished."
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  • I actually said last weekend,now that's not a good word,
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  • astonished.
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  • That's not what youthink as amazed.
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  • It's not amazed.
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  • It's a bad word, actually.
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  • And I had no clue I wasgoing to use it this week,
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  • but I'm going to explain toyou what astonished means.
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  • "Many were astonished,saying, "Where did this Man
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  • get these things?
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  • And what wisdom is thiswhich is given to Him,
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  • that such mighty works areperformed by His hands?
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  • Is this not the carpenter,the Son of Mary,
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  • the brother of James, Joses,Judas, and Simon?
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  • Are not His sistershere with us?"
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  • So they wereoffended at Him."
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  • They were offended.
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  • Okay.
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  • This word, astonished, I'mgoing to give you the actual
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  • definition from theStrong's Concordance.
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  • Here's what it means.
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  • It means to strike, in otherwords, to hit someone.
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  • To strike someone, to expelby a blow, to drive out or away.
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  • As He began to teach andhave wisdom, they got angry.
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  • You want to know why?
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  • Because He was just a carpenterthat grew up in their town.
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  • And it offended them thatthis guy had so many people
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  • following Him, and that Hehad such wisdom,
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  • and He was just a carpenter.
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  • And they got offended, somuch so, listen to this.
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  • It says they were astonished,and this is what it means,
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  • that theywanted to hit Him.
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  • They wanted to strike Him.
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  • They wanted to driveHim out with blows.
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  • This happened another time,same word, astonished.
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  • I don't have time toread the whole chapter.
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  • You can read it.
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  • But in Luke 4, if you remember,He goes to His hometown.
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  • Hometown, and He goes in thesynagogue, and He takes
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  • the Scriptures, and He readsfrom Isaiah,
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  • and this is what He reads.
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  • He reads a passage about theMessiah, and He reads,
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  • "The Spirit of the Lord is uponme, because He has anointed Me
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  • to preach the Gospel to thepoor, to open the blind eyes,
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  • to heal the brokenhearted, topreach deliverance
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  • to the captives,to preach the acceptable
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  • year of the Lord."
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  • Everyone knew thatwas about the Messiah.
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  • Here was the problem.
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  • It says that He closed thebook and He said,
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  • "Today this Scripture isfulfilled in your hearing."
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  • So, here's whatHe was saying.
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  • I'm Him.
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  • I'm the Messiah.
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  • And you know what they said?
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  • The exact same thing.
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  • They were astonished and theysaid, isn't this the carpenter?
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  • Isn't this the guy thatbuilt a patio for me?
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  • He thinks He's the Messiah?
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  • And He wears a tool belt?
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  • And now, watch,Luke 4:28-29.
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  • "So all those in thesynagogue, when they heard
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  • these things, were filledwith wrath", remember,
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  • anger, "and they rose up andthrust Him out of the city,
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  • and they led Him to the browof the hill on which their city
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  • was built, that they might throwHim down over the cliff."
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  • Anger.
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  • Why?
  • 00:11:44.352 --> 00:11:45.186
  • They were offended.
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  • Why were they offended?
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  • Because He didn't meettheir expectations.
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  • He was saying something thatthey didn't understand,
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  • and that brings me tothe fourth point.
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  • This is one we're going toreally kind of drill down on.
  • 00:11:54.929 --> 00:11:58.299
  • So, we've got hate precedesmurder, so hopefully no one's
  • 00:11:58.399 --> 00:12:03.004
  • ever going to get thepoint of murder,
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  • but you might hate someone.
  • 00:12:05.173 --> 00:12:07.108
  • But what causes hate?
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  • Anger does.
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  • You get angry at someone and youdon't resolve it correctly,
  • 00:12:10.245 --> 00:12:12.747
  • so now you hate them.
  • 00:12:12.847 --> 00:12:14.282
  • But what causes hate?
  • 00:12:14.382 --> 00:12:15.683
  • An offense.
  • 00:12:15.784 --> 00:12:17.185
  • But, what causes an offense?
  • 00:12:17.285 --> 00:12:19.554
  • So, number four, unfilledexpectations precede offenses.
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  • Unfulfilled expectationsprecede offenses.
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  • Now, this is why I asked youto turn to Luke 7,
  • 00:12:33.501 --> 00:12:36.905
  • because this to me is one of thestrangest passages in the Bible,
  • 00:12:37.005 --> 00:12:42.577
  • and one of themost enlightening.
  • 00:12:42.677 --> 00:12:45.079
  • Luke 7:18, "Then the disciplesof John reported to him",
  • 00:12:45.180 --> 00:12:49.517
  • that's John the Baptist.
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  • "Reported to him concerningall these things.
  • 00:12:51.319 --> 00:12:53.988
  • And John, calling two of hisdisciples to him,
  • 00:12:54.088 --> 00:12:56.691
  • sent them to Jesus, saying, "AreYou the Coming One,
  • 00:12:56.791 --> 00:13:01.963
  • or do we look for another?"
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  • Now, I want you to thinkabout this really well
  • 00:13:06.801 --> 00:13:08.837
  • for just a moment.
  • 00:13:08.937 --> 00:13:11.072
  • John the Baptist, who's Jesus'cousin -- John the Baptist
  • 00:13:11.172 --> 00:13:19.147
  • was filled with the Spirit inhis mother's womb,
  • 00:13:19.247 --> 00:13:23.618
  • Elizabeth's womb, when Mary,Jesus' mother,
  • 00:13:23.718 --> 00:13:27.755
  • walked in the room when Jesuswas in the womb.
  • 00:13:27.856 --> 00:13:31.559
  • John the Baptist is the onethat when Jesus came
  • 00:13:31.659 --> 00:13:34.362
  • to be baptized by him, said, no,I shouldn't baptize You,
  • 00:13:34.462 --> 00:13:39.601
  • You should baptize me!
  • 00:13:39.701 --> 00:13:41.035
  • Right?
  • 00:13:41.135 --> 00:13:42.103
  • What was he saying?
  • 00:13:42.203 --> 00:13:43.872
  • You're the One!
  • 00:13:43.972 --> 00:13:46.241
  • You're the One!
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  • There's the One,the Lamb of God.
  • 00:13:47.508 --> 00:13:49.244
  • There's the One.
  • 00:13:49.344 --> 00:13:50.545
  • Jesus said, baptize Me.
  • 00:13:50.645 --> 00:13:51.512
  • No, You're the One!
  • 00:13:51.613 --> 00:13:54.148
  • They came to John later,after Jesus began His ministry,
  • 00:13:54.249 --> 00:13:58.019
  • and they said, do you rememberthat guy you baptized?
  • 00:13:58.119 --> 00:14:02.023
  • He started a church down theroad, and He's baptizing
  • 00:14:02.123 --> 00:14:05.493
  • more people than you are.
  • 00:14:05.593 --> 00:14:08.229
  • Do you remember whatJohn's answer was?
  • 00:14:08.329 --> 00:14:10.064
  • I told you I'm not the one.
  • 00:14:10.164 --> 00:14:15.003
  • That's what he said!
  • 00:14:15.103 --> 00:14:16.037
  • I told you I'm not the one.
  • 00:14:16.137 --> 00:14:18.139
  • I told you He's the One.
  • 00:14:18.239 --> 00:14:20.708
  • Let me put it another way.
  • 00:14:20.808 --> 00:14:22.110
  • John's in prison for sayingHe's the One, and then He comes
  • 00:14:22.210 --> 00:14:27.348
  • to his city to have a revival,and He doesn't even have time
  • 00:14:27.448 --> 00:14:32.553
  • to visit His cousin in jail.
  • 00:14:32.654 --> 00:14:36.824
  • And He couldhave got him out.
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  • He's the Messiah,He's the One.
  • 00:14:40.028 --> 00:14:41.396
  • Everybody knowsHe's the One.
  • 00:14:41.496 --> 00:14:43.564
  • And John's sitting there andhe's saying, now,
  • 00:14:43.665 --> 00:14:45.266
  • how long has Jesus been here?
  • 00:14:45.366 --> 00:14:46.668
  • Seven days now.
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  • Seven days.
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  • Did you all mentionto Him I was in jail?
  • 00:14:54.208 --> 00:14:58.046
  • Yeah, we told Him.
  • 00:14:58.146 --> 00:15:01.983
  • You go ask Jesus that John,cousin John,
  • 00:15:02.083 --> 00:15:09.824
  • wants to know if He's the One.
  • 00:15:09.924 --> 00:15:14.929
  • Jesus said, you go tellcousin John that the blind see,
  • 00:15:15.029 --> 00:15:20.234
  • the lame walk, the deafhear, the dead are raised,
  • 00:15:20.335 --> 00:15:24.205
  • the poor have the Gospelpreached to them,
  • 00:15:24.305 --> 00:15:26.307
  • and blessed is he who doesn'tget his feelings hurt --
  • 00:15:26.407 --> 00:15:32.981
  • who doesn't get offendedbecause of Me.
  • 00:15:33.081 --> 00:15:37.185
  • It's prettystrong, isn't it?
  • 00:15:37.285 --> 00:15:38.553
  • It's kind of a coolpassage, isn't it?
  • 00:15:38.653 --> 00:15:40.855
  • I'm sure one day I'll get toheaven and John the Baptist
  • 00:15:40.955 --> 00:15:42.490
  • is going to say, why did youtell everybody that that's
  • 00:15:42.590 --> 00:15:43.958
  • what I was upset about?
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  • Unfulfilled expectationscause offenses.
  • 00:15:51.432 --> 00:15:56.070
  • He had an expectation thatJesus would come get him
  • 00:15:56.170 --> 00:15:59.741
  • out of jail, or comeat least see him.
  • 00:15:59.841 --> 00:16:02.910
  • So when that expectationwasn't fulfilled -- listen.
  • 00:16:03.011 --> 00:16:06.414
  • Listen, I'm goingto help you.
  • 00:16:06.514 --> 00:16:08.449
  • We have an expectation that ourfriend's going to do something.
  • 00:16:08.549 --> 00:16:11.519
  • He doesn't do it.
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  • We're offended.
  • 00:16:13.321 --> 00:16:15.490
  • We have an expectation thatour employer's
  • 00:16:15.590 --> 00:16:17.625
  • going to do something.
  • 00:16:17.725 --> 00:16:18.493
  • He doesn't do it.
  • 00:16:18.593 --> 00:16:19.594
  • Now we're offended.
  • 00:16:19.694 --> 00:16:21.829
  • We have an expectation that,you know,
  • 00:16:21.929 --> 00:16:24.532
  • some spiritual leader is goingto do something.
  • 00:16:24.632 --> 00:16:26.234
  • He doesn't do it, andnow we're offended.
  • 00:16:26.334 --> 00:16:28.469
  • And we can get offendedsometimes over silly things,
  • 00:16:28.569 --> 00:16:31.305
  • you know?
  • 00:16:31.406 --> 00:16:32.740
  • I mean, you know, all of asudden your wife's upset
  • 00:16:32.840 --> 00:16:36.010
  • and you say, what's wrong?
  • 00:16:36.110 --> 00:16:37.912
  • Well, what's wrong?
  • 00:16:38.012 --> 00:16:40.815
  • Jenny did not say onething about the cake
  • 00:16:40.915 --> 00:16:43.184
  • that I took to the party.
  • 00:16:43.284 --> 00:16:48.489
  • Well, maybe she just had herhands full and she just forgot.
  • 00:16:48.589 --> 00:16:51.225
  • She knows better!
  • 00:16:51.325 --> 00:16:54.028
  • She knows better.
  • 00:16:54.128 --> 00:16:57.999
  • All of the sudden,we're offended.
  • 00:16:58.099 --> 00:16:59.567
  • Are you all following me?
  • 00:16:59.667 --> 00:17:01.135
  • It's amazing whatgets us offended.
  • 00:17:01.235 --> 00:17:03.071
  • Did you know that someonein the Bible, is actually called
  • 00:17:03.171 --> 00:17:08.609
  • a person, a stumblingstone and a rock of offense?
  • 00:17:08.709 --> 00:17:17.752
  • Anyone know who it is?
  • 00:17:17.852 --> 00:17:19.754
  • Jesus.
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  • Romans 9:33, "As it iswritten, Behold, I lay in Zion
  • 00:17:22.824 --> 00:17:28.496
  • a stumbling stone and arock of offense, and",
  • 00:17:28.596 --> 00:17:36.037
  • and the word and is aconjunction in the Greek
  • 00:17:36.137 --> 00:17:38.072
  • to be translated but, "butwhoever believes in Him",
  • 00:17:38.172 --> 00:17:42.076
  • in the stumbling stone or therock of offense,
  • 00:17:42.176 --> 00:17:45.546
  • "will not be put to shame."
  • 00:17:45.646 --> 00:17:47.782
  • Let me put it another way.
  • 00:17:47.882 --> 00:17:48.950
  • Jesus is either going to bein your life a stone you
  • 00:17:49.050 --> 00:17:51.953
  • stumble over, or a rockyou build your house on.
  • 00:17:52.053 --> 00:17:56.557
  • That's tweetable!
  • 00:17:56.657 --> 00:18:02.330
  • I don't careif you tweet it.
  • 00:18:02.430 --> 00:18:03.498
  • No, I would just like to saythat's a good statement.
  • 00:18:03.598 --> 00:18:06.868
  • And I get excited because youthink, he's bragging on himself.
  • 00:18:06.968 --> 00:18:09.103
  • No, I was studying and theLord gave me that statement,
  • 00:18:09.203 --> 00:18:11.706
  • and I think, Lord, that isgood, and that's going to make
  • 00:18:11.806 --> 00:18:14.909
  • me look smart.
  • 00:18:15.009 --> 00:18:15.776
  • All right.
  • 00:18:15.877 --> 00:18:16.944
  • So, Jesus will either be foryou a stumbling stone,
  • 00:18:17.044 --> 00:18:23.518
  • or a rock that you buildyour house on.
  • 00:18:23.618 --> 00:18:25.686
  • He's one or the other.
  • 00:18:25.786 --> 00:18:26.854
  • People either stumble over,or they build on Him.
  • 00:18:26.954 --> 00:18:30.324
  • So, hate precedes murder,anger precedes hate,
  • 00:18:30.424 --> 00:18:33.961
  • and offense precedes anger.
  • 00:18:34.061 --> 00:18:36.197
  • You get offended.
  • 00:18:36.297 --> 00:18:37.765
  • An unfulfilled expectation iswhat causes you to be offended.
  • 00:18:37.865 --> 00:18:41.536
  • Okay, but we've gotto get to love now.
  • 00:18:41.636 --> 00:18:44.438
  • So, what precedes love?
  • 00:18:44.539 --> 00:18:47.108
  • Here's number five.
  • 00:18:47.208 --> 00:18:48.242
  • Forgiveness precedes love.
  • 00:18:48.342 --> 00:18:51.445
  • Forgiveness precedes love.
  • 00:18:51.546 --> 00:18:56.517
  • Matthew 5:43-44, Jesus said,"You've heard that it was said,
  • 00:18:56.617 --> 00:19:00.454
  • you shall love yourneighbor and hate your enemy.
  • 00:19:00.555 --> 00:19:04.225
  • But I say to you, love yourenemies, bless those who
  • 00:19:04.325 --> 00:19:08.663
  • curse you, do good to thosewho hate you, and pray for those
  • 00:19:08.763 --> 00:19:13.434
  • who spitefully useyou and persecute you."
  • 00:19:13.534 --> 00:19:16.170
  • So, how in the world can youlove someone that hates you,
  • 00:19:16.270 --> 00:19:21.642
  • or that is your enemy?
  • 00:19:21.742 --> 00:19:22.910
  • Simple.Forgiveness.
  • 00:19:23.010 --> 00:19:25.179
  • You have to forgive them,and I'll tell you
  • 00:19:25.279 --> 00:19:26.347
  • what the Greek word for forgivemeans in a moment.
  • 00:19:26.447 --> 00:19:28.649
  • But let me show you how hateleads to murder,
  • 00:19:28.749 --> 00:19:32.987
  • and how forgiveness leads tolove.
  • 00:19:33.087 --> 00:19:35.122
  • Everyone follow that?
  • 00:19:35.223 --> 00:19:36.290
  • I'm about to wrap up thewhole message with one story
  • 00:19:36.390 --> 00:19:38.526
  • from the Bible, how hateleads to murder,
  • 00:19:38.626 --> 00:19:41.062
  • but forgiveness leads tolove -- Jacob and Esau.
  • 00:19:41.162 --> 00:19:45.833
  • Jacob steals the birthrightand the blessing.
  • 00:19:45.933 --> 00:19:50.238
  • Genesis 27:41, "So Esauhated Jacob because
  • 00:19:50.338 --> 00:19:55.209
  • of the blessing with which hisfather blessed him,
  • 00:19:55.309 --> 00:19:58.613
  • and Esau said in his heart, "Thedays of mourning for my father
  • 00:19:58.713 --> 00:20:01.916
  • are at hand, then", in otherwords, when they're over,
  • 00:20:02.016 --> 00:20:04.719
  • "I will kill mybrother, Jacob."
  • 00:20:04.819 --> 00:20:08.089
  • He hated him, so hewas going to kill him.
  • 00:20:08.189 --> 00:20:10.024
  • Hate leads to murder.Okay?
  • 00:20:10.124 --> 00:20:12.093
  • Watch how forgivenessleads to love.
  • 00:20:12.193 --> 00:20:14.362
  • Years later, as a matter offact, it's 20 years later.
  • 00:20:14.462 --> 00:20:16.631
  • Twenty years goby, twenty years.
  • 00:20:16.731 --> 00:20:20.268
  • Genesis 33:1, "Now Jacoblifted his eyes",
  • 00:20:20.368 --> 00:20:24.605
  • he's going back to the landwhere his father was.
  • 00:20:24.705 --> 00:20:26.507
  • "And there, Esau was coming,and with him
  • 00:20:26.607 --> 00:20:31.379
  • were four hundred men."
  • 00:20:31.479 --> 00:20:32.913
  • And when I say he was goingback to the land where his
  • 00:20:33.014 --> 00:20:34.849
  • father was, his father hadalready passed away, okay?
  • 00:20:34.949 --> 00:20:36.317
  • All right.
  • 00:20:36.417 --> 00:20:37.618
  • "Esau was coming, and withhim were four hundred men."
  • 00:20:37.718 --> 00:20:42.023
  • Now what would you think ifa guy that hated you
  • 00:20:42.123 --> 00:20:45.626
  • was coming to greet youwith four hundred men?
  • 00:20:45.726 --> 00:20:52.667
  • But watch whathappens, Verse 4.
  • 00:20:52.767 --> 00:20:55.336
  • "But Esau ran to meet him,and embraced him,
  • 00:20:55.436 --> 00:20:59.473
  • and fell on his neck, and kissedhim, and they wept."
  • 00:20:59.573 --> 00:21:07.481
  • How does Esau go from hatinghim and wanting to murder him,
  • 00:21:07.581 --> 00:21:11.886
  • to loving him,embracing him, and kissing him?
  • 00:21:11.986 --> 00:21:16.557
  • Because he'd forgiven him.
  • 00:21:16.657 --> 00:21:19.226
  • That's the only way.
  • 00:21:19.327 --> 00:21:21.195
  • And I almost did a pointsix, but I just have never done
  • 00:21:21.295 --> 00:21:23.531
  • a message with six points in mylife, so let me just --
  • 00:21:23.631 --> 00:21:27.902
  • I have, but.
  • 00:21:28.002 --> 00:21:29.603
  • So, what precedesforgiveness, and that's grace.
  • 00:21:29.704 --> 00:21:34.241
  • So, if you justwant to make a note.
  • 00:21:34.342 --> 00:21:35.543
  • In other words,how do you forgive?
  • 00:21:35.643 --> 00:21:38.279
  • Well, forgivenessis giving grace.
  • 00:21:38.379 --> 00:21:40.214
  • So how do you give grace?
  • 00:21:40.314 --> 00:21:41.449
  • You have to receive grace.
  • 00:21:41.549 --> 00:21:43.617
  • You can't give it if youhaven't received it.
  • 00:21:43.718 --> 00:21:45.720
  • If you have a problem givingforgiveness,
  • 00:21:45.820 --> 00:21:48.089
  • you have a problem receivingforgiveness.
  • 00:21:48.189 --> 00:21:50.591
  • Let me say that again.
  • 00:21:50.691 --> 00:21:52.026
  • If you have a problem givingforgiveness,
  • 00:21:52.126 --> 00:21:54.028
  • you have a problem receivingforgiveness.
  • 00:21:54.128 --> 00:21:56.197
  • Here's Matthew 10:8.
  • 00:21:56.297 --> 00:21:57.465
  • "Freely you havereceived, freely give."
  • 00:21:57.565 --> 00:22:01.602
  • If you don't receive freely,then you don't give freely.
  • 00:22:01.702 --> 00:22:06.173
  • In other words, if you feel likeyou have to earn forgiveness
  • 00:22:06.273 --> 00:22:09.577
  • from God, you will make otherpeople earn forgiveness
  • 00:22:09.677 --> 00:22:13.581
  • from you.
  • 00:22:13.681 --> 00:22:15.516
  • But once you catch grace andyou understand,
  • 00:22:15.616 --> 00:22:18.452
  • I'm forgiven freely and I didnot deserve to be forgiven,
  • 00:22:18.552 --> 00:22:22.623
  • then you'll forgive others whodon't deserve to be forgiven.
  • 00:22:22.723 --> 00:22:25.259
  • Okay, what's the wordforgive mean in the Greek?
  • 00:22:25.359 --> 00:22:28.396
  • One word, it means release.
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  • That's what it means.
  • 00:22:32.466 --> 00:22:34.135
  • When God forgave you,He released you
  • 00:22:34.235 --> 00:22:37.471
  • from the punishment of the sin.
  • 00:22:37.571 --> 00:22:39.573
  • He released you.
  • 00:22:39.673 --> 00:22:40.674
  • He released youfrom judgment.
  • 00:22:40.775 --> 00:22:41.976
  • He released you.
  • 00:22:42.076 --> 00:22:43.477
  • So when you trulyforgive someone,
  • 00:22:43.577 --> 00:22:45.780
  • it means you release them.
  • 00:22:45.880 --> 00:22:48.949
  • I was upset with someone onetime, and I kept replaying
  • 00:22:49.049 --> 00:22:53.220
  • it in my mind.
  • 00:22:53.320 --> 00:22:54.789
  • Have you ever done that?
  • 00:22:54.889 --> 00:22:57.491
  • We've got a lot of 'em.
  • 00:22:57.591 --> 00:23:01.929
  • And it was about 2:00 in themorning,
  • 00:23:02.029 --> 00:23:04.565
  • have you ever done that?
  • 00:23:04.665 --> 00:23:05.766
  • About 2:00 in the morning,and I'm just replaying it,
  • 00:23:05.866 --> 00:23:07.067
  • over and over in my mind.
  • 00:23:07.168 --> 00:23:08.135
  • And all of the sudden, youknow in your heart
  • 00:23:08.235 --> 00:23:09.370
  • how you hear the Lord?
  • 00:23:09.470 --> 00:23:10.638
  • Not audibly, but I felt likethe Lord said, forgive him!
  • 00:23:10.738 --> 00:23:15.509
  • Like that.
  • 00:23:15.609 --> 00:23:16.777
  • It was almost like, I'mtrying to sleep, pal, you know?
  • 00:23:16.877 --> 00:23:19.447
  • I felt like I was keepingHim up, you know?
  • 00:23:19.547 --> 00:23:20.915
  • He was just like,just forgive him!
  • 00:23:21.015 --> 00:23:22.716
  • It's 2:00 in the morning.
  • 00:23:22.817 --> 00:23:23.617
  • Forgive him!
  • 00:23:23.717 --> 00:23:24.819
  • Let's get some sleep.
  • 00:23:24.919 --> 00:23:28.856
  • And I said to the Lord,but Lord, he was wrong!
  • 00:23:28.956 --> 00:23:33.160
  • You know what the Lord said?
  • 00:23:33.260 --> 00:23:33.928
  • I'll never forget this.
  • 00:23:34.028 --> 00:23:34.762
  • He said, of course he was!
  • 00:23:34.862 --> 00:23:36.230
  • You don't forgivepeople who were right!
  • 00:23:36.330 --> 00:23:48.008
  • I baked youthese cookies.
  • 00:23:48.108 --> 00:23:49.243
  • I forgive you!
  • 00:23:49.343 --> 00:23:52.213
  • But you don't forgive peoplewho do good things to you.
  • 00:23:52.313 --> 00:23:55.182
  • You don't forgive peoplewho are nice to you.
  • 00:23:55.282 --> 00:23:58.252
  • You forgive people who aremean and who hurt you,
  • 00:23:58.352 --> 00:24:01.989
  • and who offend you.
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  • You forgive them.
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  • You forgive them.
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  • I'm really not concerned any ofyou are going to commit murder.
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  • I hope not, I really do.
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  • I don't think you are.
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  • But I'm concerned you couldfall in the trap,
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  • you could get caught in a snare,and you could hate people,
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  • and you could be angry withthem, and you could be offended,
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  • and you could not forgive them.
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  • I'm enjoying this series somuch, because I've never looked
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  • at the Ten Commandments likethis, that there's a principle
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  • behind each commandment thathelps our relationship
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  • with God and our relationshipwith others.
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  • And I think about thecommandment we talked
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  • about today,"You shall not murder",
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  • but there's so much more thatleads up to murdering someone,
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  • maybe in our heart, that hate,
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  • unfulfilled expectations,offenses.
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  • So I want to encourage you,if the Holy Spirit put His
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  • finger on something today, don'tfeel condemned about it.
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  • Let the Holy Spirit convictyou, and in that area,
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  • let Him bring forgiveness andlet Him bring healing.
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  • Hey, thanks somuch for watching.
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  • Please watch next time, becauseI'm going to be continuing
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  • this series, "RelationshipThrough God's Top Ten".
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  • ANNOUNCER: Thank you for joiningus for today's program
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  • as Pastor Robert shares amessage from his series
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  • "Relationship".
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  • God really loves you and wantsto have a closer relationship
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  • with you, however, when we thinkof the ten commandments,
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  • many of us think of a list ofrules telling us what not to do.
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  • But the truth is, God designedthe ten commandments as a way
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  • for us to have a relationshipwith Him.
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  • You are so valuable to God,and His plan for your life
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  • has always been for you tothrive in your relationship
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  • with Him, and in therelationships with people
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  • around you.
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  • In fact, relationship with youhas always been,
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  • and always will be His numberone priority.
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  • Throughout this in-depthteaching series, Pastor Robert
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  • will walk you through the tencommandments,
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  • and help you discover how eachcommandment is actually
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  • a principle that draws us into adeeper relationship with Him.
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  • As you find relationship throughGod's top ten,
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  • your relationship with the Lordwill begin to grow to new
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  • depths, and you'll learn moreabout His heart
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  • in designing these principleswith you in mind.
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  • As our way of saying thank youfor your gift of any amount
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  • today, we'll send you thisteaching series on CD
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  • the Relationship series on bothCD and DVD.
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  • Call us or visit us online todayat PastorRobert.com
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  • and praise reports with us.
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  • of Pastor Robert Morrisministries.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ANNOUNCER: You feel it.
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  • Inside you beats aheart for ministry.
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  • A sense that you're calledto serve God in a greater way.
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  • But perhaps, you feel stuck,not knowing how to get
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  • from where you are to thatenvisioned place.
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  • Let The King's University Onlinebe the bridge to your calling.
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  • Under the stewardshipof Gateway Church,
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  • TKU is equipping Christ-likeservant leaders
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  • through the powerof the Holy Spirit.
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  • Imagine what could happenif you took the first step.
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