Principals of Forgiveness for Christians
2 Timothy 4:14-17
This sermon is about Christian forgiveness
and does not apply to God's forgiveness
for those who are not saved. To Those whose names are not under the
covenant of Calvary's Lamb. They only have to realize that their sins
send them to hell unless they repent of their sins and ask Christ to
come into their hearts after which they will be forgiven
names will be written in the Lamb's book of life in heaven. Repentance
sorrow for sin. They need to call out for the Lord to have mercy on
them and to save them for Jesus sake. If this is done in earnest God
will save them! Romans
10: 9-10 & Romans 10:13.
After a person is saved however the system
of forgiveness is somewhat different. There seems to be quite a bit
misconception concerning the subject of a christian forgiving a person
who wronged them so I want
address the issue in this sermon. God never instructed His people to
practice automatic forgiveness and to forget sins committed against
them without the guilty party asking for forgiveness; contrary to the
proclamation of many preachers and teachers of our time. An
attitude of forgiveness should always be in the heart of every born
again believer however as we will mention later in the sermon.
1- CHRISTIANS SHOULD EXPOSE
EVIL DOERS WITH A HEART OF COMPASSION.
(1)- Unrepentant evil
should be exposed but only with a prayerful attitude.
2-Timothy 4:14-17. This doesn't mean Christians have
a right to proceed with a gossip colume as we often encounter. When you
gossip about other people and especially another child of God, you are
opening yourself up to satan's desires because God said he came
to kill, to destroy and to cause division among brethren.
(A)- The Apostle Paul identified some people by name and punishment
2- Timothy 4:14- "Alexander
the coppersmith did me
much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works":
In another scripture the guilty persons were identified and punishment
1-Timothy 1:20- "Of whom is
Hymenaeus and Alexander whom I have delivered unto Satan that they may
learn not to blaspheme".
This is pretty strong
language toward those who wronged the Apostle Paul and christians
should always have an attitude of forgiveness toward those who wrong
them. Paul said in 2-Timothy
chapter 4:16- "At my first answer
no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it might
not be laid to their charge".
God's word teaches
that we should always be ready to forgive those who are candidates for
forgiveness but there is no admonition for a blanket forgiveness to
people who continually do God's people wrong. We should pray for their
salvation and ask the Lord to protect us from the evil.
Instructions are to cut off
fellowship and to reprove evil workers.
Ephesians 5:11- "And have no
unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them".
This is a very different concept from "turning the other cheek" as
many Pastors and Teachers tell their people from the New Testament
books of Matthew, Mark, Luke
and John but the
Apostle Paul in his writings to the New Testament Church gave us
guidelines for christian forgiveness pertaining to the body of
was chosen by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself to give biblical
the Church. That doesn't mean
there is a double standard but the early New Testament books were
primarily written to the house of Israel. Jesus said so in Matthew
23:37- "O'Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
I have gathered you under my wings as a hen doth her chicks but ye
would not". Jesus started out teaching, "Turning the
which was a warning to Judaism that had digressed to the point
where they wanted to exact revenge for every thing in which they felt
they were wronged and Jesus told them that this wasn't always the
offenses committed against them. We are instructed to be as wise as a
serpent and as harmless as a dove. We are also instructed to let God
fight our battles for us in the spiritual realm. That isn't to say that
you are to let harm come to your family without taking action to defend
Christians should pray that God will remove and punish unrepentant evil
2-Timothy 4:14- "The Lord reward
according to his works".
Christians are warned to keep an eye on those who practice evil.
2-Timothy 4:15- "Of whom be thou
The warning is to keep
one's eyes on him and to mark him. The Greek word for Ware
is foo-las'so which means to keep an eye upon him lest he escape. To guard one's person
might remain safe. It carries the same thought that one would have if
spotted a poisonous snake and realized that he needed to keep an eye
on him lest he be bitten unaware!
Christians are warned to be aware that evil workers will continually
2-Timothy 4:15- Alexander- "Greatly
words". He tried to tear down what
God's Preacher was preaching! There are many like that today and God
will bring people like that into judgement! Those Arab people in the
middle east continually do eberything in their power to hurt Israel.
They can't be given a turn the other cheek attitude from Israel unless
Israel want's to have their wives and children murdered!
If we practice
all relationship and overlook evil at all times, we are headed for
heartaches and hardships as we serve the Lord! We don't render evil for
evil but we ask the Lord to separate us from and deliver us from
Jesus didn't ask the heavenly Father to take christians out of the
world but to protect them from evil in the world.
2- CHRISTIANS SHOULD ALWAYS HELP
THOSE WHO NEED HELP.
INDIFFERENT CHRISTIANS NEED PRAYER.
2-Timothy 4:10-16- We find a group of those in verse
10 who need prayer.
(1)- Pleasure Lovers- need
v. 10- "Demas hath forsaken me,
having loved this present world".
(2)- The Dissatisfied- need prayer.
v. 10- "Cresens departed to
preachers- need prayer.
The scripture admonishes us to always
have a forgiving attitude if the person repents and ask for it. 2 Tim.
v. 10- "Titus departed to
(a)- Pray for those who ignored the
Gospel ministry: "No man stood
(b)- Pray for those who forsook the
Gospel ministry: "All men forsook
(c)- Pray that God will not record it
2- Timothy 4:16- "I pray that it
not be laid to their charge".
RECOGNIZE PEOPLE WHO SERVE THE LORD.
(1)- v. 11- "Only Luke is with
v. 11- "Take Mark, and bring him
with thee for he is profitable to me for the ministry".
(3)- v. 12- "And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus".
who do small task like Tychicus who went for Paul's cloak
and the written manuscripts are praised in 2-Timothy 4:13- "Bring my cloak but
the parchments". Christian workers
who seem to be very insignificant in their service might very well be
most rewarded in God's sight. Obedience is always better that
in these verses that God deals differently with Evil Workers like
Alexander the Coppersmith than He does with Indifferent Workers who are
members of the body of Christ. God doesn't Expect Christians to be so
wimpy that they overlook evil deeds done to them by haters of Almighty
God. We are to mark them as one would a poisonous snake. We should
steer clear of them lest we be bitten with their hatred or wounded by
their venomous attitude. One thing we need to remember however is
that God never forgives sin until the guilty party repents of it and
ask to be forgiven. Christians are admonished however in other
scripture, to be tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God for Christ
sake has forgiven us. We need to follow the principals mentioned in
this sermon if we want to rightly divide the word of God. Be ready to
forgive with a compassionate heart when the situation warrants it.
By James Tyson Sr.