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Ephesians 4:29–32  (ID: 1226)

It seems relatively harmless to harbor negative emotions toward people or circumstances that have caused us pain. We feel justified in believing that we cannot simply forgive a hurtful event. In this message, Alistair Begg shows that for the Christian, choosing to nurse bitterness brings about alienation, not vindication. Only by seeing ourselves in the light of Christ’s work on the cross can we cultivate a forgiving heart where bitterness cannot take root.

29Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.