Jams 5:16, Matthew. 5:23-24, 18:21-35
Cooper P Abrams III
Ephesians 4:24 tells us, "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
READ Colossians 3:8-17 Note verses 18-19 and through verse.
Colossians 3:10 "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him."
Second: Full and unrestrained forgiveness on the part of the offended.
Why? In Verse 14-16. Let our light shine. So we should understand that this qualifies the believer who is true the salt of the earth...meaning the one who does right and follows the Word of God.
Verses 21-22, Jesus talks about the sin of murder.
The act of murder is the result of something gone wrong deeper. The root of murder began in the sin of anger. Because it was not dealt with it lead to murder. Before anger was the sin of not being forgiving, before not forgiving was the sin of no loving, and all come from an attitude of wanting the Lord to direct our lives.
Anger is as wrong as murder.
In verses 27 and following He deals with adultery. The one who lusts, is guilty of adultery.
What is the point and the principle Jesus was teaching? One's attitude is important and wrong attitudes are sin!
3. The procedure. You the offender, are to initiate movement toward reconciliation (v. 24).
Note: The New Testament term to reconcile means "to go through the process of bringing about a change."
The world's way to verse 38, "An eye for an eye, tooth for tooth". This is against one's human nature and is following Bible principles.
Second: You go to the offending person and seek to come to terms with him. Your first act of getting your attitude right helped your get your-self straight. This act helps the other person!
An important part of worship is itself is an admission of sin. That is what confession is, admitting our sins, and asking for help to over come it in our lives.
To attempt to worship without trying to get the matter settled shows our wrong attitude and unforgiving spirit to the other person. There can be no true worship when a person does not recognize and practice biblical love.
2. The procedure. You, the injured, are to have mercy on the one who has done you wrong, and are to forgive him... regardless (vv22-34).
3. The consequence. Refusal to forgive will result in misery--inner torture and torment (vv34-35)
An unforgiving person can never experience true peace in their lives. Being unforgiving will effect and hurt the person whom we do not forgive, but the greatest effect will be on the one who is not forgiving. They cannot please God. That is why the Lord said...leave your offering of worship and go get the matter settled with the other party. God cannot bless nor help a person who is unforgiving.
C. Clarification and limitation of confession. James 5:16.
The context in is regard to asking for healing of a sickness. The sick person is to call the pastor and spiritual men of the church and ask them to pray for him/her. The "anointing of oil" here is medicinal and means the sick person is to take their medicine. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
However, the passage continues and says to the sick person to confess his faults or sins to one another. In other words the sickness could be the result of God's chasten a sinning believer. We are to confess our sins to the Lord as 1 John 1:9 says then and if the sin involves a brother....go to him also.
It is not telling us to publicly or privately confess sins to each other. The context restricts the meaning to confession to someone we have offended only.
God chastens those who are not forgiving. In love the Lord seeks to bring peace and blessings to their lives. The unforgiving person will be miserable and can never be happy.
B. The Act (What?): These are to confess sins to each other. The idea of confession has an intensive meaning declaring that the sinning Christian is "to make a public, spoken expression or admission of wrong or guilt."
C. The Result (Why?): Healing is the result of honest, unguarded, unrationalized confession.
D. Two Warnings. Misapplication of these truths can lead to further injury and confusion.
Denial of sin, blocks getting over it and getting victory over it in your life. It harms your testimony and example.
2. Be careful in your confession that you identify only your own sin. Do not bring others into your declaration so as to embarrass them by sharing scandalous information.
3. It does not mean that you use the confess to scold someone or point out their failure, or show how they have hurt you. I means to honestly and simply confess your sin and seek reconciliation.
2. It says all things become new. That means we live a different way than we just to. Again the contrast is clear, we live differently than the unsaved. We have a new nature which is now to guide us and we are not to live carnal lives anymore.
3. This verse compares the Pretender with the genuine Professor of Jesus Christ. The Pretender will live according to his carnal nature because he does not have the new nature.
4. Verses 18-21 addresses the basis of the believer's new life and also gives a practical application of that basis.
If means that we personally remain reconciled to others and we also help other to be reconciled to those in the local assembly.
How? Confess your sins which means admit your failure and ask God to help you overcome that sin or tendency to sin in your life. You will never overcome a sin unless your want to. You see sin offend brings a temporary pleasure, and we often do not want to give it up.
He cannot do that with strife between us?
Nothing cleans away the heat of anger, such as the cooling soothing effects of confession and making up when we are at odds.
It takes effort on our part, it should not be allowed to fester. It takes forgiveness, realizing we too are sinners and are very capable of hurting one another.
What is your response this morning to this....God's instruction. I fear some will ignore it, some will deny they have a problem, but thank God for the child of God who hears his Master's voice and says...."Yes Lord! I understand Lord" and confesses their sin to Him and clears the matter. That brings wonderful reconciliation with the Lord and those around us.
It will bring peace and the real joy of our salvation. It will reconcile husbands and wives, children to their parents, brothers and sisters to each other.
As individuals make their peace with the Lord, it will make peace in a congregation. It will bring the Power of God to a church and many will be saved and come to Christ, lives will be changed.
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