This week we continued our sermon series on living like Christ by talking about how to live life without resentment. Please read on to learn more.
Live Like Christ Part 3
- John 11:1 “ Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it his not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.”
- The word resentful has a different meaning than we might think. It actually comes from two words that mean to take an inventory of harmful, evil, hurtful, wicked things that have been done. It means to make a list of all the wrong that is in your life, what has been done to you, what you have done to others, and what is wrong with the world.
- We have really good memories. Most of us can remember back into our early childhood and think of trips we have been on or birthdays that we are fond of, but if I asked you to give me a list of regrets what happens? For many, those memories are vivd, clear, sharp. Why is that?
- We weren’t designed to make mistakes! Our forefather Adam was made without sin and God called him good. So when we act in ways that are contrary to God’s behavior it stings. This is a good thing because if we didn’t feel that then we wouldn’t be prodded to move towards Christ.
- Look at what James says in Chapter 1:2 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. “
- God uses those shortcomings to remind us that this is not who we are suppose to be. We weren’t designed to carry sin. That is not what God had in mind when he made us. That is why when sin effects us it is often times seared in our memories!
- Sin was suppose to be a marker in our time not a maker of who we are. It is not our identity. Yet for that to be true we must not take an inventory of our mistakes.
- Look at this story of Paul’s conversion: Acts 9: 3-19
- Notice Ananias’s response to God asking him to meet with Saul? He can’t get past the things Paul did in his past.
- What is God’s response:? He seems him as a chosen instrument. No more was said by God about what Paul had done. It was a marker of time but it did not make him.
- We have to start behaving that way as well!
- For us to avoid keeping an inventory we must first recognize that it isn’t our job. Look at Romans 14:10. God is the judge of our lives, not us. To walk like Christ walked is to know that God is the one who keeps the records not us.
- We also must remember our place in time. Look at Hebrews 12:1-2. Sin tries to trip us up but it wasn’t meant to journey with us. Put it down. Don’t take inventory of it. Remember also that God isn’t done with you yet. God is finishing you right now. Remember God isn’t done with the people in your life that have done you wrong either.