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Forgive One Another

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Ephesians 4:32d-e

Forgive One Another

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Eph. 4:32d (Holman) “. . .forgiving one another. . .”

“Forgive” is a sticking point for many believers. A wrong done to us by others often leads to a root of bitterness being long nursed within us. This is tragic. The depth of our commitment to Jesus should not be determined by the actions of others.

As Christians, we represent our Lord, and thus have to forgive, for forgiveness personifies the essence of all we know about Jesus. He showed it in His earthly life, to the very end. Soldiers beat and mocked Him, and gambled for His garment, but in His dying hour, He prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

“Forgiving” is essential among Christians. It is unbefitting for us to participate in public worship if we know we have not forgiven, and been forgiven by, others. In public worship, we are forced to ponder the extent of our forgiveness for others.

Our Master said, “If you are offering your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23-24). The door also swings the other way. “Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in hea

Ephesians 6:18-24

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Ephesians 6:18-24

Growing in the Mission

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Eph. 6:19a (Holman) Pray also for me,. . .

For a brief moment, Paul now called attention to himself and his own needs. From a dark, dank, dungeon-cell in Rome, he called to his comrades in far-off Asia, “Pray for me.” Paul made this request often. He prayed for the churches, and regularly asked them to pray for him (RM 15:30; CL 4:3; 1 TH 5:25; 2 TH 3:1).

It is amazing that this extremely gifted man asked ordinary people like us to pray for him. Neither cocky nor self-assured, he knew he needed help from Heaven. Jesus cannot use self-sufficient people, for they feel no need for His power.

Paul bore the heavy load all Christian leaders are forced to carry. Pastors, staff members, deacons, Sunday School workers, and other lay-leaders can be most effective only if people–especially the ones they serve–are interceding for them.

Church leaders need extraordinary prayer. Heat is intense at the forefront of a battle. Leaders in the conflict are special targets of Satan. He knows if he can discredit a leader, he discredits all of Christianity in the minds of many people.

Failure of any believer negatively affects our Kingdom mission. The fall of a leader especially dishonors Christ, embarrasses His name, and brings humiliation on our churches, creating heavy baggage for all Christians to carry