Sunday, Nov 4, 2018AM Service
Pride Crushers (Part 5)
Speaker: Jerry Wragg
Passage: Luke 14
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Today, we continue our excursion from the exposition of Luke 14 to study the root cause of what keeps people from the Truth of the Gospel. The root cause is PRIDE.  This study will help the Christian avoid the drift back into the pride that blinded us before coming to Christ.

In Luke 14:1-24, Jesus Christ exposed Six Characteristics of a Prideful Heart:

  1. Pride Hates Righteousness (verse 1)
  2. Pride Sets Its Own Trap (verse 2)
  3. Pride is Selective with Scripture (verse 3-5)
  4. Pride Seeks the Praises of Men (verses 7-11)
  5. Pride Gives with Ulterior Motives (verses 12-14)
  6. Pride Ignores Eternal Implications (verses 15-24)

God’s word teaches us how to crush pride and nurture humility. We have examined four pride crushers in this series:

  1. Submit to the sovereign Lordship of Christ (Ephesians 1:11)
  2. Learn, own, embrace, and believe everything that Christ did on the cross.
  3. Open your heart to the Spirit’s renewal (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  4. Be humble when seeking God’s mercy in failure (Psalm 51)

This week, we will examine the fifth pride crusher:

  1. Pardon every offense committed against us (Matthew 18:21-35)

Why is forgiveness so difficult for us? Because sin is so prolific!

  • We think about the pain we suffer and the justice that is due to us.
  • The ground of our forgiveness is Christ (Eph. 4:32). The lavish pardon He has given to us causes us to lavishly pardon others.

The definition of forgiveness is the complete release of anything owed to me, while giving lavish mercy. Forgiveness is freely pardoning and releasing the debt owed.

What are we releasing?

  • We cannot absolve someone of the sin/offense against God.
  • Guilt is a fact, not a feeling. Guilt is defined by Scripture.
  • We are releasing our personal right to judge them and releasing them of any personal debt owned.
  • We forgive in the same manner as Christ; lavishly, because He has forgiven us.

What does forgiveness look like in practice?

  • Be as compassionate as Christ (Colossians 3:13).
    • Just like in the parable found in Matthew 18, because of the mercy shown to us, we give our mercy to others lavishly.
  • Forgive as often as you are sinned against without limit.
    • Christ forgives every single offense (past, present and future).
  • Forgive from the heart (Matthew 18:35)
    • In the moment of suffering a wrong, meditate on what Christ did for you.
    • If grounded in His unfathomable compassion that paid your debt when you were nothing more than a stench, you must be merciful to others.
    • Failure to forgive often is the result of not keeping in mind how undeserving you are of Christ’s work for you.
      • We stand in a permanent position of grace (Rom. 5:2).
      • Mind the command in Mark 11:25. Forgive others when praying to the Father, so He will forgive you.
  • Practical outworking of forgiveness:
    • Treat them as if they personally owe you nothing.
    • Accept them in full fellowship and with joy, if they know Christ. If they do not, share the gospel with them.
    • Move toward them and bring relationships together.
    • Be an instrument to help the person restore his or her relationship with God.
    • Be an instrument of grace to nurture and grow your own humility.