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Forgive One Another. August 14. Think About It. When you’re finished with your old clothes, what do you often do with them? Paul suggests getting rid of certain attitudes and actions as if they were old clothes.

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think about it
Think About It
  • When you’re finished with your old clothes, what do you often do with them?
  • Paul suggests getting rid of certain attitudes and actions as if they were old clothes.

 Today we look at “putting on” a new set of attitudes … specifically forgiveness.

listen for what this passage say we should put on listen for the description of this new self
Listen for what this passage say we should “put on.” Listen for the description of this “new self.”

Col. 3:12-13 (NIV) Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. [13] Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

christ is the example
Christ Is the Example

 Paul is saying that since we are God’s children our lives should show a difference in the way we act and live

  • With what qualities of life should we clothe ourselves, according to this passage?
  • What spiritual process is involved in “putting off” and “putting on”?
christ is the example1
Christ Is the Example
  • What is involved in replacing old habits with new ones?
  • If these are, indeed, the fruit of the Spirit, how do we “put them on” when they are qualities that are produced by God’s Holy Spirit? What is the Holy Spirit’s role? What is my role?
christ is the example2
Christ Is the Example
  • What do compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience have to do with forgiveness? How do these qualities promote forgiving someone else?
    • Compassion
    • Kindness
    • Humility
    • Gentleness
    • Patience
listen for facts you learn about onesimus and philemon
Listen for facts you learn about Onesimus and Philemon.

Philemon 1:8-16 (NIV) Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, [9] yet I appeal to you on the basis of love. I then, as Paul--an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus-- [10] I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. [11] Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.

listen for facts you learn about onesimus and philemon1
Listen for facts you learn about Onesimus and Philemon.

[12] I am sending him--who is my very heart--back to you. [13] I would have liked to keep him with me so that he could take your place in helping me while I am in chains for the gospel. [14] But I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do will be spontaneous and not forced. [15] Perhaps the reason he was separated from you

listen for facts you learn about onesimus and philemon2
Listen for facts you learn about Onesimus and Philemon.

for a little while was that you might have him back for good-- [16] no longer as a slave, but better than a slave, as a dear brother. He is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.

love is the motive
Love Is the Motive
  • What facts do you learn about Onesimus?
  • In what ways do we see (or infer) that Onesimus had wronged Philemon?
  • How might Philemon first have felt or thought when he saw Onesimus’ name in the letter?
  • What is the basis of Paul’s appeal that Philemon forgive Onesimus?
love is the motive1
Love Is the Motive
  • How is forgiving grievances different from repressing grievances?
  • How do you know if you are harboring grudges in a relationship?
love is the motive2
Love Is the Motive
  • We can only find the power and motivation to forgive through the power of God’s Holy Spirit living within us … reproducing God’s love and forgiveness through us.
  • Note … forgiveness is letting go of the anger and feeling against the other party.
  • However … forgiveness does not always require a return to trust of that person.
listen for what paul asks of philemon
Listen for what Paul asks of Philemon.

Philemon 1:17-22 (NIV) So if you consider me a partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. [18] If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything, charge it to me. [19] I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand. I will pay it back--not to mention that you owe me your very self.

listen for what paul asks of philemon1
Listen for what Paul asks of Philemon.

[20] I do wish, brother, that I may have some benefit from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in Christ. [21] Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I ask. [22] And one thing more: Prepare a guest room for me, because I hope to be restored to you in answer to your prayers.

restoration is the goal
Restoration Is the Goal
  • How did Paul want Philemon to greet Onesimus when he returned?
  • To what level was Paul willing to be involved in the reconciliation between Philemon and Onesimus?
  • Why do you think this short letter related to a specific personal relationship problem is included in the Bible?
restoration is the goal1
Restoration Is the Goal
  • Why do you think was it important to Paul that Onesimus return to his former master?
  • What risks did Onesimus take by going back to Philemon?
  • In what circumstances should Christians return to people they knew before their conversion to rectify past mistakes?
  • What role should we play in helping people be reconciled to others with whom they have had conflicts?
application
Application
  • Believers should be examples of good human relations.
    • Forbearance is necessary for any close, lasting relationship
    • This week, when you are wronged, realize the importance of absorbing the hurt
    • Be ready to forgive (easier said in SS class than done during the week!)
application1
Application
  • Remember that God’s forgiveness is the source and power for our forgiving another’s sins
    • Lack of forgiveness builds barriers between us and God, between us and others
    • Be ready to pay the cost of either seeking forgiveness or being a forgiver
application2
Application
  • Christian relationships are based on love, not social or economic factors
    • God has graciously forgiven you
    • Allow this to motivate your forgiveness of others