Forgiveness is a matter of the __ Prov 10:12; ___ Prov 17:9; _______ Prov 19:11
Focus on hope
No consequences to sin. But in reality there are real and current consequences.
Conquering/disciplining our appetites (God is not enough)
C.S. Lewis sermons – God is not enough, so I turn to ______ (food, alcohol, sex, possessions) The enabling situation – unhealthy associations; the ultimate outcome: total destruction; the root cause – spritual dysfunction
Peace is countercultural
It runs contrary to our society
It runs contrary to our soul
Seek out harmony with others instead of unnecessary conflict
How can we have peace that is countercultural?
Planning Prov 12:20
Pleasing Prov 16:7
Prov 17:14; 10:12; 15:18; 16:28; 17:19; 20:3; 28:25; 29:22
James 4: 1-2; 3: 14-17
people seem to enjoy conflict (news, sports radio, social media) – say something inflammatory
Sin is enticing. Short term pleasure but long term pain. Sin is a gulf that divides us from god.
God exists actively in life. Even godless benefit from God’s goodness while here on earth.
vertical and horizontal – relationships
Forgiveness versus gossip/revenge/acknowledgement
Pride consists of actions that promote self
Prov 16:18; 25:6; 11:2; 27:1; 21:24; 18:12
The payoff is destruction (James 13-16)