Startling Forgiveness

August 17, 2014 at 10:45 am Categories: King David, Sermons

Date: August 17, 2014

Speaker: Dr. Steve Elliott

Text: I Samuel 24:1-22



– “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Lord Acton (1834 – 1902)

– People’s conclusions and actions are usually controlled by those whose voices they listen to.

– Temptation in and of itself is not sin: it’s what you do with it.

– Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a well known God. In fact, the better you know Him, the more readily you’ll find yourself trusting him.

Three Simple Questions

  • Who are we listening to?
  • Who are you trusting?
  • Who will we be when we have all the power and opportunity to wield it over our Saul?

– “Anyhow, the breach between them widened. Their division (over an opinion) only gave the two sides a high-toned language that kept the differences raw. Time, which is supposed to heal, (instead) only made them old.” – Wendell Berry, “Jayber Crow”

– David had forgiven Saul, but there was no way he was about to trust him.

– Trust requires a track record. “To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” -George MacDonald (1824 – 1905)

– Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free from your judgment only to suddenly realize that you were the prisoner!

– God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance. But it doesn’t guarantee it. (Romans 2:4)

– “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings only death.” – II Corinthians 7:10

– God still gives discernment to the men and women who are after his heart.

– “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” -Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

– “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” -C.S. Lewis (1898 – 1963)