Text: Ephesians 4:29-32
I truly believe that there is no coincidence. I believe that through our leader, God is giving us assignments that are personally for us. It’s like a letter is sent and addressed to me,” To Mr. Jan Michael Palero, From God.” Inside the letter it says,” My child, this is your lesson for this season. Learn, meditate then apply. After doing so, share the truths of My Word.” The purposes of preaching are to command, to correct, and to challenge. This is also not a coincidence that you are here listening to this preaching. By the mercy and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, I will share to you another serious theme of our topic besetting sin – resentment. I have entitled our study “Love Hurts.”
Webster’s:to be indignant about (anger at something regarded as unfair, wicked, etc.)
to take badly
Synonyms:outraged spirit, bad temper, bitterness, sourness, irritation, wounded pride, vengefulness, envy, jealousy
I. What happens when resentment is allowed in our life?
A. Resentment can lead to sinful actions [Exodus 20]
Ex 20:3-17: The 10 Commandments (1-4 man’s responsibility & privilege to God; 5-10 man’s responsibility & privilege to himself and to his fellow)
Ex 19:5: God’s promise to Israel if they will keep His covenant
“Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:”
>they will be a special treasure compared to others [protected by friends illustration]
>great blessing unto them for all of the earth is His, the goodness & evil are under His watch and control
Response: Ex 19:8 “And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do…”
>they will follow ALL the words and commandments of the LORD
24:7 “…All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.”
>they will be obedient of ALL the commandments and laws
The commandments or laws of the LORD are purely righteous and holy. The law came from the perfect God; therefore His commandments are also perfect, unblemished & unspotted. James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” Two of the attributes of God were mentioned, righteous and holy. The doer of the law then must possess these attributes also; the person has to be righteous and holy. Since the law is perfect because it were given by the perfect God, the standard of obeying it is also perfect, full obedience is a must. Israel was confident of themselves that by their own capacity, ability, understanding, reasoning, wisdom they can fulfill the whole law. They were confident that they are righteous, holy, and perfect enough to follow all the commandments. But their wisdom is foolishness unto the LORD. 1 Cor 15:56 “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.” They did not see that the law was a mirror for them to see how filthy they are that they cannot be fully obedient to the law. The law was and is being used to see that man is very sinful. Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” He cannot collect his good works to have his way to heaven because the things that are good for him are actually evil unto the LORD. God wants man to have faith in Him, total dependence in Him. Man’s way to heaven, his relationship with God and even fellowship with God is only possible if he has faith in God, that these are only possible if God permits it. And what God means is the faith or trust that the work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross is the good work that God the Father can only accept.
By the law we can see in ourselves adultery (relationship outside of marriage), fornication (forbidden or...