Sermon Notes 2022 11 20 AM

November 20, 2022 AM
Paul Gotthardt
(#6 in series)

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Issues of the Heart: Bitterness and Unforgiveness 


Psalm 73:21-26; Matthew 5:23-24


Your life becomes a portrait of your heart; changing the portrait requires changing the heart.


Sins of unhealthy desire: covetousness, envy, jealousy, greed, and discontentment

Sins of unrighteous pride: judgmentalism and a critical spirit

Sins of __ tension: bitterness and unforgiveness


  • Anger in our heart removes __ in our worship.
  • Reconciliation takes __ over religious actions.


Big Truth: The path of reconciliation is paved through __ and humble acts of __.


Both parties must ask:

“What's __, what's right, what's __, and what's best?”


In humble acts of submission, you are submitting to whatever God wants to do in that situation.

  • It's not my __ but His will.
  • It's not my __ but His way.
  • It's not what I __ but what He wants.
  • It's not my __ but His words.


Solomon's thoughts on speech:
Proverbs 15:1; 29:11; 10:19; 12:16; 12:18; 13:3; 17:27-28; 18:2; 18:6-7; 18:13


You could do everything you know to do, and it doesn't guarantee the outcome. There are at least three possible outcomes:

  • Full forgiveness plus __ reconciliation
  • Full forgiveness plus __ reconciliation
  • Full forgiveness with __ reconciliation


How do you know if repentance has happened? Here are at least six indicators of true repentance:

  • The person accepts full __ for his or her actions.
  • The person is no longer defensive about being in the wrong.
  • The person welcomes __.
  • The person does not try to downplay the hurtful behavior.
  • The person does not __ in the hurtful behavior or want anything to do with it.
  • The person makes restitution where necessary.


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