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What the World Needs Now - Humble Bridge-Builders, Part 2

Living on the Edge / Chip Ingram
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March 2, 2022 5:00 am

What the World Needs Now - Humble Bridge-Builders, Part 2

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March 2, 2022 5:00 am

In a global atmosphere of division and rancor, how do Christians live like Christians? How do we express love and concern, and overcome even our own anger and bitterness? In this program, Chip tells us, apart from the saving grace and sovereign influence of Jesus, nothing of lasting value can happen. From the book of Matthew and Jesus’ own teaching, Chip reveals the path to becoming a relational bridge-builder, regardless of our circumstances.

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Are you a relational bridge builder for your heart right now filled with anger and bitterness for loving concern. How do Christians live like Christians in the season of vision and rancor. Thanks for joining us for this edition of living over you with Living on the Edges of informational discipleship ministry featuring the Bible teaching just a minute. You will pick up where he left off in a series last time Chip talked about health. Mr. like it's this program will continue addressing the broken relationships in our lives. This is such a label topic slipping encourager after today's message shared with someone in your life you can easily do that through the chipping remapped by downloading and sharing the free empty three schedule find it LivingontheEdge.org Bible turned out Matthew as Chip shares the second half of his talk humble rock here somewhere in my pocket when what I did with this rock represents Peapod murder any grudges that I have any bitterness and resentment in my heart in a little while working at give you a chance to really name the rock just between you and God hurt feelings. Ex-boss X mate current situation were to ask you to come in only if you have done it to drop the rock and say I'm gonna release that person of what I hope happens to them. The vengeance the payback. The motion and where necessary writing gets harder so silly make some we may have this rock all next week is your thinking. I'm not ready do that yet been put in your purse, but in your pocket every day I keep hearing around this rock and if we were better friends. I would bring you an extra rock every day, every day didn't drop. I just put another one in your pants know when you first because that's what it's doing to you because some of the words of that in your mouth and EO. Of course they deserved it. Okay, we'll get to that.

Of course they deserved it and was 90%.

Therefore the same with me.

I know that. But God is going to call you and call me to go. Not only ask for forgiveness if necessary, but make it right. Whenever possible, as far as it depends on you and what you recognizes that you are as much of the murder, and I'm as much of a murder as David or Paul or Moses and most of have done it with our lips and we done with our heart, and there is only one hope and is the hope that we can come and that the body of Christ, his death on the cross paid for our sin and his blood was shed for us and he hasn't given us mercy, and he has forgiven us and we got what we don't deserve, and the only reason to drop this rock is not because they deserve it, not because they're good person, not because it's can be better mental health but willing to drop this rock because I can't receive mercy and take what God is given to me that I don't deserve and I'm gonna not. He's knocking to pass judgment because of Jesus, so neither my note doesn't mean you hang out with them doesn't mean that everything is going to be wonderful. And when you have a clear sense that you have forgiven that person that I'm gonna ask you to turn your attention and begin to thank God. If Jesus of every one of the commands has this level of probing underneath of it in the spirit of God went all the way through this room all the way around and we were to seeing what's going on inside. I will tell you the cross and become very precious and you'll be so deeply grateful that you will walk out of this room forgiven and cleansed and anything you've ever said anything you've ever thought any assassination with your lips be clean.

Will Jesus now applies this to his audience and he applies it because were not done. He gives us to very quick parables.

Matthew chapter 12 Jesus has just talk with the Pharisees who externally are squeaky clean, and he says to them in verse 33 either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad industry and and the fruit bad for the tree is known by its fruit.

Another is not your intentions is not how you sing says your life. Your outward evidence. You brood of vipers, how can you speak good, when you are evil, that hears his point for out of the abundance of your heart the mouth speaks.

The good person out of the good treasure brings forth what is good and the evil person out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give an account of every careless word they speak every slander, every gossip, every little post on Facebook every passing on every click, every side conversation every screening out of a child that doesn't understand what they did wrong.

Every harboring resentment in your heart and you say well it's her, it's her turn to apologize.

I'm tired of apologizing guy every time we make up it's always me. I'm not going there anymore and so you just keep drifting for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you be condemned on or about you that scares me to death, as it should.

Well, Lord Jesus.

This is hard for us to hear.

I'm sure it was hard for them to hear help.

Therefore, the parable priorities to applications very, very short parables. Therefore, if your offering your gift at the altar and there remember your brother has something against you, leave your gift in front of the altar first go and be reconciled to your brother, then come and offer your gift. Underline the line if your offering your gift at the altar at times have changed. Very unfortunately, if you are a follower of Yahweh you didn't think that offering gifts was sort of ready I will, maybe I will. Depending how I feel you would understand that he owns everything, and the first 10th of the produce. The first 10th of the cow, the goat, the first child has to be paid for and you bring your offering it. If you send you to bring a sin offering. And this is the holiest moment. This offering is going to represent an act of mercy of God's covering and that blood is going to remind you that in the future God's world going to bring the Messiah so this is there's no more holy moment giving is required.

God owns everything I bring the very first in the very best.

Few things to you would be more important.

The word is required. Prayers required giving is required, and now he is if you could hear this through the ears of his first century listeners they would be thinking. This is one of the most sacred holy moments.

This is how you get right with God businesses. This is how you you tell him that there's no idols that my first and best is to you. This is it. This is a sin offering. This is how my sins are to be held off because of something more important. If there you remember not look at it. Look at look at the look at the text. This doesn't say if you're there and you remember you have something against your brother, you're mad.

You're angry she did that to me. He did that to me that's not what it says what to say. Look at it if you're there and you remember your brother has something against you, what you have a TIF with someone and you know if it's like me is 98% their phone 2% Michael but but things are right, and I'm kidding. Okay if you're new I'm just messing with you little. I usually say it's 51% their phone 49% fees and still what I want you to get is the principal and the principal is very clear and very powerful right relationships trump religious requirements. Every time right relationships trump religious requirements.

Every time don't go and read your Bible, don't go and pray, don't put something in the offering. If you have a relationship with someone he goes.

This is the priority. Nothing more important because the kingdom of God is about love and it's really about love. If there is a relationship with your mate with one your kids with your friends with your ex was someone at work with someone in your small group with a coworker.

Make it right because that will be the good works that Bill C. Glorify your father is in heaven, and if there a brother or sister in Christ Jesus, that I died for everyone.

You have to come together the barriers or defensiveness, blaming, excuses, pride, all that's not fair or a self-righteous fulfillment of this hall. Yes I was going to do something and you know I remember that that time we had an argument in an tone of voice.

It was 99% your fault, but since I'm so spiritual I would ask you to forgive me for my 1% please and I hope you feel like a real heal because you are a scumbag and but I'm following the Bible. No, this is even in your heart you feel like it's 10% you 90% them. Oh God, if it was 1% apart from your holiness. I have no hope. I humble myself before you. I completely own my 10% and sensors large levels of denial. It's probably at least 40 but it doesn't matter. I ask you to forgive me and I go and say you know that altercation we had in that conversation the keeps coming around how I handled that was wrong, will you forgive me I'm sorry and you don't bring anything up about anybody else or them parable number two is the parable of urgency.

Jesus is settle the matters quickly. Your adversary is taking you to court doing what you still with him on the way or he will hand you over to the judge in the judgment handed over to the officer and he returned to prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you paid the last penny.

Now he's giving them in their cultural mindset but circle a few words because guess who the adversary is Jesus saying the adversary is God.

He went through.

You've heard it said if you do still physically kill someone he others the Old Testament law.

I say to you. If you have these emotions, hate, anger, bitterness, if you say these things work. There's content I tell you, it starts with this court, the Supreme Court and then how so he brings them back, notice your adversary quickly underline quickly notice the words you hand you over to the judge, circle judge and the judge circle judge will hinge over to the officer circle officer returned to prison. I mean how many work you get it.

This is a crisis. This is not you know I probably admit that relationship right you know a lot of bad things up a lot of my heart. Yeah, I'm not. I'm angry, but everyone's angry and you know if they lived in my situation that they grew up in my you know I came from a dysfunctional family and you know, in light of her addictions are his addictions are my unreasonable boss. I think that understands memo he doesn't understand murder is murder. You are the salt of the earth to the light of the earth make it right and make it right now. This is one of the services where the conversation in the car going home isn't well did you like the message of course not. Was it interesting yeah for not good reasons. This is about you meeting God in the next few minutes you experiencing a level of forgiveness and cleansing and mercy and love and with all your heart, purpose, and you can give that away. The principle here is clear and powerful.

Delayed obedience will result in dire consequences.

There are some of you that have physical issues, relational issues, financial issues and health issues that are related to unresolved conflict and anger, and murder in words judgment of God.

I can't tell you who, when, where, why, what I can tell you is these kind of patterns God has his favor on some people and God has his love on everyone but his love. Sometimes when there's patterns like this I call it the velvet vice of discipline and he's trying to get your attention and I'll tell you what you can you can keep dissing him and and that by so get tighter and tighter and tighter and tighter until you come to a breaking .60 God if your genuine child of God will take you to the mat because what you're doing is killing you and destroying others, I found a few quotes from a little book that I picked up recently. Bitterness always feels justified bitterness creates the illusion of control and power. When we embrace bitterness. We reject grace. And here's the part with, no matter who this person is remember the good and the good will grow. Isn't it interesting when we have a problem with the person, especially family member, especially with you. One of our kids are a maid or an in law or for a coworker. You know like there was at one time they were pretty good person. Anyway, it was way back when before they and and and what we do is, and we take we take the incident. We take the thing and we put little box in it and that's that's who they are now forever and ever and ever. They were never kind, they were never helpful. They never loved you. You know that's not true, and it feeds your soul's like local poison to turn to the back page. I did not want to leave you to some vague devices so I wonder what I should do want to talk to you and then give you the time to learn to take some humble steps to building a bridge like you to answer these questions quietly. Do you have anger or bitterness, or resentment toward anyone, past or present. If you just quiet before God will bring someone to mind. If you do have you murdered anyone in your heart are with your lips. Is there anger, bitterness, resentment when someone's name comes up, or someone talks about someone you have a visceral reaction that's negative and when you confess the sin right now and receive God's full forgiveness. I'll give you time to really process this. But he's faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

But you have to come clean.

You have to admit you have to agree yes this is me.

Can you think of anyone that might feel angry or resentful towards you, for any reason we you commit to make that relationship right as far as it depends on you and maybe you can't. But there's usually something you can do as far as it depends on and then as you go through this process at your own pace and have the Holy Spirit give a seal in your heart of peace that yes you've dealt with this now and then stop and thank God for his love and kindness and remember the great words of David who sends greatly, and murder. Oh Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive so of unfailing love to all those who ask for your help we go any further. Today I want to give you some time to think and reflect on this message. I know it's difficult. I want you to really think about who is that person or persons that there's anger. There's resentment. There's bitterness but be willing right now in this moment to say Lord if there's anyone in the Holy Spirit is very faithful to bring things to our mind because his desire is that we make them right. First, in our own heart. And then we make them right with that person first be reconciled to your brother, then come back and give your offering to the Lord so it's it's not whether you're mad at them or whether they are mad at you, relationships are so important connection from the heart is so important of forgiving from the heart without bitterness or resentment or or anger is so important that God says right relationships matter far more than being right in and whether it was in a 90% their fault and 10% your fault be the one that takes the step and I do understand as far as it depends on you, and let me just give a quick disclaimer.

There are some situations where there was abuse in the past or you no physical violence or sexual abuse. Yes, you forgive them.

It may be totally unwise to try and meet with that person. But about 95% of all the issues are smaller issues that have been in churches and in families and friends and relationships in a small group or at work. That's who I'm talking to. So right now holy father the power of your Holy Spirit, will you give us the grace to stop pointing fingers stop nursing are hurt. Would you give us the grace to come before you and own our part. Whether it be large or small, receive your forgiveness Lord, then extend that mercy to those who don't deserve it in the same way that we don't deserve it. Would you help us to set a time to not let this go and as far as it depends on us to seek to restore the relationship, Lord, for your honor and for your glory in Jesus name, amen. That's a great word shipped FedEx will message you just heard humble bridge builders is from chip series with the world needs now turmoil division, political corruption, prejudice, these are just a few of the serious issues were dealing with in our society today.

But did you know the early church in Jesus's disciples faced similar problems in this three-part series chip shares the guidance Jesus gave to his followers, some 2000 years ago and how that wisdom relates to us today. Don't list the ways to build your relationships handle injustice and live your life like never before. For more information about what the world needs now for our many resources. Just go to LivingontheEdge.org or call us at AAA 333-6003 that's AAA 333-6003, or LivingontheEdge.org hapless nurse to have special offers before we continue here again is chip to talk about something that's really close to his heart. You know, if you listen to me very often you hear me talk a lot about the Bible and being in God's word every day in and studying the Scriptures, but you know what I hear from people all the time.

I don't know how to study the Bible. I've tried to read it. I just don't get it. I just don't understand what's going on. While I would love to teach you how to learn to study God's word and what I can guarantee is this with a few simple steps. Literally a process you can learn to read and understand and apply the Bible to your life like never before. It's really not rocket science, but what I found is most people have never had someone sit down with them one-on-one and actually learn how to study the Bible and what I want to do is invite you to do that with me to study James chapter 1 in our new daily discipleship with chip is called the art of survival. You not only learn how to get through life's toughest times, but more importantly you can learn how to study the Bible for yourself now. Here's how it works. Each day I'm going to meet with you one-on-one for 10 days or we can discover what James chapter 1 teaches about the art of survival and life's trials will start her time together where I will literally get a couple coffee open my Bible and I'll talk directly with you one-on-one and will walk through how to study the Bible, you'll learn to study the Scriptures for yourself in a way where you hear God's voice and have God speak in such a way that gives you the strength to make it through life's hardest and most difficult times.

So here's the challenge spend 10 days 10 minutes a day with me 10 minutes on your own and then let me encourage you invite 10 people to join you, let's be difference makers. Let's learn the art of survival in the age of chaos.

You know those early disciples turned the world upside down and that's God's plan for you and me. Won't you join me, but strip what were so excited to share with you our new daily discipleship with chip.

The art of survival based in James chapter 1 through this free video series will discover how to handle circumstances out of our control guard our attitude against discouragement and trust God and his provision. If you're ready to learn the art of surviving in these challenging times and preregister today to take the daily discipleship with chip challenge and when you sign up will send you a new leather bound prayer journal as our gift to you to take this free 10 day daily discipleship challenge go to LivingontheEdge.org or call us at AAA 333-6003 that's AAA 333-6003 or go to LivingontheEdge.org hapless nurse top discipleship hey before we go. Let me remind you of an easy way to listen to or extended teaching podcast here chip any time on Amazon's Alexa echo and echo.just say Alexa open Living on the Edge you'll hear about these extended teaching any time you want both Lordship of everyone here saying thanks for joining us for this Edition of Living on the Edge


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