Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Get the Log Out of Your Eye

A question we should all ask in time of conflict is "How have I contributed to this conflict and what do I need to do to resolve it?"

The Following is taken from the Peacemaker which can be purchased at www.Peaemaker.net

The Seven A’s of Confession
The Seven A’s help us to express godly sorrow that “leads to salvation and leaves no regret” and
avoid words that communicate a worldly sorrow “that brings death” (2 Corinthians 7:10).
  • Address everyone involved (Psalm 41:4; Luke 19:8).
  • Avoid if, but, and maybe (Psalm 51).
  • Admit specifically. 
    • Sinful attitudes (Matthew 15:19; James 4:1-3; 1 John 2:15-17).
    • Sinful words (Proverbs 11:13; 15:1; 26:20; James 5:9; Exodus 20:16; Ephesians 4:29).
    • Sinful actions (Mark 10:42-45; Romans 13:1-7; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Peter 2:18-25; Matthew 7:12).
  • Acknowledge the hurt (Luke 15:21).
  • Accept the consequences (Luke 15:19; Numbers 5:5-7; Luke 19:8).
  • Alter your behavior (Ephesians 4:22-32).
Note: Changing your behavior is not a pre-condition for receiving forgiveness, but it is the fruit of your repentance and faith. Making a commitment to changing future behavior is evidence of repentance.
  • Ask for forgiveness and allow time (Genesis 50:17; Psalm 51:1-2; 130:1-4)

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