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February 23, 2014 - Letting Yourself ‘Off the Hook’ - Genesis 50:15-21

posted Feb 24, 2014, 6:20 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:44 AM ]
  • Sooner or later we all find ourselves on the bottom of life. But if, like Joseph, you lift up your eyes to find the steadfast love of God with you, it changes everything.
  • Whenever you find God’s love in the bottom places of life, it changes the way you live on the rest of the levels of life.
  • Just because we recover from the adversity that others cause us, it doesn't mean that we have recovered from the hurt. That will require forgiving.
  • No one ever finds real joy in payback.
  • As hard as it is to believe that you can forgive, it is always harder yet to believe that you are forgiven.
  • We forgive in stages. You know you have made it to the final stages of forgiveness when your tears of anger turn to tears of compassion for the person who hurt you.
“…you have fully forgiven when you no longer think of the people as the ones who hurt you, and now think of them as the ones who need you.”

~Lewis Smedes
  • Only a free person can liberate another.
    • There is so much freedom waiting for any who discover they don’t have to be the judge.
    • God can redeem any evil with His own good intentions.
Main Thought
God is much more interested about who we are than  where we get to in life. The good intention of God isn’t just to get us to the right place but to mold us into a people who live by His great faithfulness. And until your heart begins to overflow with gratitude for that faithfulness, you will never be free to stop judging, resenting, and hurting.

Pastor Jim Spon | Genesis 50:15-21