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Forgiveness, a relationship in which God is intimately involved

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2019-01-28 (월) 08:26 조회 : 152
설교일 : 2019.01.27
설교자 : Rev. Eung Yong Kim
본문말씀 : Philemon 1:8-14

January 27, 2019

 

The Series on Forgiveness #4

 

Forgiveness, a relationship in which God is intimately involved

Philemon 1:8-14

 

Rev. Eung Yong Kim’s sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

Living the good life!

What does it mean to live the good life?

Living the good life means having good relationships! The good life is directly connected to good relationships.

No matter how wealthy a person may be, if his marital relationship is not good, that person will not feel like he is living the good life.

Conversely, if a person may have a financial difficulty but has a good relationship with the spouse, that person will certainly feel like he is living the good life.

 

Are you living the good life?

It is a question of the current status of your relationships.

Especially for the Christians, who among us are living the good life?

Are they financially wealthy? Or are they enjoying the good health?

For us Christians, the definition of living the good life is entirely different.

 

For us, having the good life means having God intimately involved in our lives.

We know the clear difference between having God in our lives and not having God in our lives.

 

< On the third year of my ministry in the Philippines, I had such a severe backache that I had to stay in bed for two months. I could only manage to get up for worship and after the worship was over, I had to immediately come back to the parsonage to lie down. The pain was just excruciating, especially when I had to get up from lying down, getting into a car and getting out of a car. There was a non-denominational Revival at that time and it was my duty to pick up my church members in our large van and bring them to the place of the Revival. This job was just too painful for me to handle, but there was no other way. So, with much pain and difficulty, I went and picked them up and arrived at the place Revival was being held, and was shocked when I took a look at the Revival speaker. He was dressed in a white suit with a red necktie and his hair was sleekly combed all back and he even had white shoes on. I didn’t expect much from him and sure enough, his sermon was not good. I was filled with discontent. After the sermon, the Revival speaker suggested that everyone should pray having his hands on the area of pain. I didn’t want go along with this usual practice at the Revival, but my church members were looking toward me and encouraging me to do so. Reluctantly, I put my hands on my back and prayed. After the Revival was over, I barely managed to drive everyone back. At home, I took off my sweat-soaked shirt to take a shower, and my wife screamed, “Look at your back!” I saw that on my back there was a red line on my back filled with blood and ready to burst open as if sliced by a sharp blade. I was surprised to see it and showered very carefully and went to sleep. The most shocking thing was that I woke up the next morning to find my backache had disappeared and exactly after a week, the scab from the red line came off cleanly.

Ever since that time, I am beware of Revival speakers wearing white suits and careful not to disparage them. >

 

The most important thing from this experience was not the healing of my back.

My experience strengthened me to be more aware of the presence of God within myself and I became completely convinced of God working inside of me.

 

In today’s passage, three characters appear; Onesimus stole money from his master Philemon and ran away, and now Apostle Paul is appealing to Philemon on behalf of Onesimus.

This is not a simple story of Philemon forgiving Onesimus after Paul’s appeal.

It is a story of the relationship among themselves.

 

How was their relationship?

We have been sharing this series on forgiveness, and I am asking you again, “What is forgiveness?”

Forgiveness is a relationship in which God is intimately involved.

 

We should take a look at forgiveness from this angle.

We have shared our thoughts on forgiveness for the past 3 weeks and meditated on why and how we should forgive.

Forgiveness is the manifestation of something bigger than forgiveness happening in our lives.

 

How could Philemon forgive Onesimus?

It was possible because Lord Jesus came into his heart and worked wonders in him.

It was the same with Apostle Paul. How did he become such an expert on forgiveness?

It was because Lord Jesus had come into Paul’s life and worked wonders in him.

The wonderous work of Jesus changed these men into forgiving people, and that is the Christian forgiveness.

Because God came into their lives and raised them up, they were able to forgive others.

 

By meditating upon today’s passage very carefully, we can find out how Apostle Paul solved this problem of forgiveness in his appeal to Philemon.

 

1.  I appeal to you on the basis of love.

 

The relationship between Apostle Paul and Philemon was that of a church founder and a member of the church, so Apostle Paul could have used his authority to order Philemon around, if he believed it was the right thing to do. But in his appeal on behalf of Onesimus, Paul did not treat Philemon in that way at all.

 

Paul said, “I appeal to you on the basis of love.” (verse 9)

What kind of love is the basis for Paul’s appeal?

This is the love that Lord Jesus had bestowed upon Paul.

And because of the love of Jesus, Saul who had been persecuting the Christians discarded his previous life and became Paul.

The love of Jesus for Paul is the kind of love that raises up those who had fallen or toppled down. And Paul was speaking to Philemon about this love, that had raised him up and that changed himself and changed Philemon also.

 

Paul wanted to remind Philemon about this love which was inside of himself and inside of Philemon.

That is why Paul was appealing to him on the basis of love with regard to Onesimus, and reminding that Lord Jesus was already inside of Onesimus, so he should be looked at with the eyes of Jesus.

 

Forgiveness of Christians can be accomplished, not because we think the other person deserves it or because it was simply easy for us to forgive, but because Jesus’ love had changed us previously and it has remained inside of us. Because we believe that Jesus’ love can change anyone, we are letting Jesus take over in the matter of forgiveness.

 

In the end, the most important thing is what is inside of you.

Paul and Philemon confess that Jesus lives inside of them.

 

In chapter 3 of the Acts of the Apostles, Peter and John were going up to the temple and a man who had been crippled from birth was begging in front of the Beautiful Gate. No one ever thought of raising him up. But Peter looked straight at him and said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!”

 

We cannot raise anyone up with our own power or with our own experience, but with the power of the Lord inside of us, anything is possible. That is our capability.

Therefore, the forgiveness we have been talking about is accomplished in the same way.

Forgiveness belongs to those whose hearts have God living inside.

 

2.  I see uselessness changed to usefulness.

 

Paul wrote in verse 11: “Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.”

 

There are three types of people in the world.

According to Bob Cohn, there are people who are like spiders, are like ants, and are like honeybees.

1)  Those who are like spiders – They exploit other people.

2)  Those who are like ants – They work hard, but they don’t care for others.

3)  Those who are like honeybees – They work hard in order to provide benefits to others.

 

What type of a person are you?

 

Apostle Paul described that formerly Onesimus had been useless.

He had betrayed and stolen from his master and then had been put into jail, so he couldn’t have been useful until he met God. He had committed sins and lived without knowing God.

But now Apostle Paul says, “Formerly he was useless to you, but now he has become useful both to you and to me.” A useless person has become a useful person.

 

Apostle Paul is saying to Philemon to please notice how useful Onesimus has become, just as he himself changed to be useful from useless, after meeting Jesus.

 

Paul is not saying, “Philemon, you should forgive Onesimus”.

He is pleading to Philemon to see how much God has worked on Onesimus.

 

< Are you a person who notices uselessness? Or usefulness?

There are some people who notice only uselessness in everything.

If we are planning to have a bazaar at church, they will say, “Pastor, we had one before, but it didn’t work out.”

When I ask them what went wrong, they say that there was not much profit from the bazaar. They do not want to have another one, as “With this bazaar, we are going for the same target of trying to empty the pockets of our church members. We will have to work hard to make us spend our money, and not too many people will come anyway, so it is useless!!”

They do not want to have another bazaar.

 

Their opposition makes me consider the usefulness of a bazaar.

Aren’t there enough useful benefits in having a bazaar?

There are numerous benefits; the fellowship with other mission team members while planning, preparing and sweating for the bazaar, being appreciative of those who come to participate in the bazaar, etc. >

 

But there always are some people who notice only the uselessness of anything.

 

What is forgiveness? It is seeing the usefulness and acknowledging the hopefulness.

Forgiveness is really noticing the hopefulness of God invested in someone.

Paul realized the hopefulness of God invested in Onesimus and noticed His successful ministry in Onesimus.

 

How important it is to notice the changes in someone!

 

< A deaconess with an adolescent child complained to me that her child had hurt her so much with cruel words. When I asked her what her son had said, she replied, “I am so hurt by his words. He said, ‘Mother, you just mind your own business and do your job well!’” After some time, I asked her if she was still hurting. She responded, “I am fine. I forgot all about it already.” How could she forget the hurt so quickly? I know that some members harbor grudges for months against others for their hurting words, but they quickly forget the hurting words from their own children because of their hope invested in them. And they always notice the usefulness of their children. >

 

Whoever sees the hopefulness of God in others will forgive them.

The forgiveness of Christians comes from noticing the hopeful work of God in the other person, and it is not because the wrong-doer comes to us asking for forgiveness.

 

3. Any favor will be spontaneous and not forced.

 

The third thing Apostle Paul writes in his letter to Philemon is that he wants “any favor you do will be spontaneous and not forced.”

 

He didn’t want Philemon to be forced to forgive Onesimus, as forgiveness should be spontaneous.

In other words, Apostle Paul was hoping that the forgiveness would originate in Philemon’s heart spontaneously.

 

In the history of Christianity in Korea, there was a similar spontaneous incident.

< In Kim-Jae, Cholla Buk Do, Missionary Tate from Southern Presbyterian Church had founded a church. His main support for building the church came from Duk-Sam Cho, a rich land-owner and leading figure of the village and a member of the aristocratic class, Yangban. At first the church didn’t have many members, so Mr. Cho attended the church with all of his family and servants. As time went by, the church grew big enough to need to have an Elder. Two candidates were recommended to be elected as an Elder; One was Deacon Cho, the land-owner, and the other was Deacon Ja-Ik Lee, the stableman in Cho’s household. The outcome of the election was a surprise to all. Deacon Lee, the stableman, was elected to be the Elder beating Deacon Cho in the election.

 

Even though the offerings from Deacon Cho maintained the church, he treated Elder Ja-Ik Lee with due honor. He said, “Our church members did the right thing of electing Deacon Lee to be the Elder over me, as he has more devoutness and zeal. I really thank you for electing him.”

 

At that time in Korea, the servants didn’t have any rights; they could be sold, made to be concubines of their master, and it didn’t matter much if they were killed by master. But Deacon Cho treated Elder Lee with respect and obeyed his commands. Later Elder Lee went to a Seminary and after his graduation, he was commissioned to his old church as its Pastor. Deacon Cho, now as Elder Cho, served Pastor Ja-Ik Lee respectfully always. >

 

This Deacon Cho’s grandson is the Congressman Se-Hyung Cho.

Pastor Ja-Ik Lee became very well-known and later served as the chairman of Pastors Conference.

 

What is being spontaneous?

Being spontaneous means strictly following the order from God.

 

Being spontaneous does not mean to follow your own will, or the will of Philemon’s.

It was being hoped by Paul that Philemon would be influenced by God to do what would please the will of God.

 

Apostle Paul wants all of us to do the same.

As Christians, we are the people who forgive others.

Then, how can we forgive?

We can forgive others by following the will of God who is inside of us and guiding us.

 

< The Christians in Korea are blessed in their vertical relationships with God; they never fail to attend the Early Morning prayers, Friday prayer meetings and special prayer sessions and they regularly pray to God for help with their problems at home, at work, and with their own self. They are always eager to be blessed with the grace of the Lord.

 

But there is one thing they are not doing well. They have difficulty in their horizontal relationships with other people and they don’t know how to solve this problem. >

 

My suggestion is to bring Jesus into our relationships with others.

Let God work in our relationships and lead us go forward in our relationships. When we follow God as He leads us, we will be standing in the place of forgiveness, ready to forgive anyone.


   

총 게시물 575건, 최근 2 건
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설교일 : 2019.07.14
본문말씀 : Genesis 25:27-34
설교자 : Rev. Eungyong Kim
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