Right Here Right Now Part 6

Penned Truth: True legacy is found in our values, character, and spiritual impact on those around us and those who come after us.

Legacy Defined: something handed down from one generation to the next.

What I Want To Leave

1. He Never Gave Up, Caved In, or Quit

2. He Contended For The Gospel of Christ At All Cost

3. He Contended For The Vision Of NEC- He Refused To Let It Be Highjacked 

4. He Loved Well-All Kinds of People 

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Matthew 18:21-22 (ESV) 21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

5. He loved Well – But He Forgave People Even Better 

Commitment | Dictionary of Bible Themes: a state of personal dedication to something.

Forgiveness | Dictionary of Bible Themes: the freeing of a person from guilt and its consequences, including punishment; usually as an act of favor, compassion, or love. 

Forgiveness | Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary: a term used to indicate pardon for a fault or offense.  My Personal Life

Penned Truth #1 A person with an unforgiving heart is always the real loser, much more so than the one against whom we hold unforgiveness.

6 Things Unforgiveness Hinders 

1. Your Prayers

2. Blocks Your Dreams

3. Robs You of Your True Destiny

4. Steals Your Joy

5. Affects Your Growth 

6. Your Fruitfulness Diminishes 

7. Most of All Your Relationship With God Suffers

Penned Truth #2 Unforgiveness, by its nature, prevents individuals from following through on what God expects in our Christian Life

Penned Truth #3  Forgiveness should be like a canceled note torn in two and burned up so that it can never be shown again, Ever!

Two Truths About Unforgiveness 

1. Unforgiveness imprisons you! 

2. Unforgiveness provokes stress, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear, a hardened heart, anger, resentment, bitterness, and even hatred. 

Proverbs 17:9 (NLT) 9 Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. 

Proverbs 17:9 (NET) 9 The one who forgives an offense seeks love, but whoever repeats a matter separates close friends. 

Proverbs 17:9 (AMPC) 9 He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends. 

3 Truths About Forgiveness

1. Forgiving others gives you the freedom to be happy again. 

2. Forgiving others gives you the power to create a better future.

3. Forgiving others removes the wall of unforgiveness that has been erected between you and God.

Final Statement: One of the most giving things you can do is forgive people. Not an easy gift, but then again, the very nature of giving involves sacrifice. Most gifts include a sacrifice of time or money. Forgiveness cannot be measured in either time or money; it consists in laying down our life, AKA The Crucified Life. The Church must respond like Jesus and choose to extend grace, love, and forgiveness to one person or many. And leave a Legacy of forgiveness.