The Blessing of Forgiveness

The Blessing of Forgiveness Psalm 32

Scripture: Psalm 32

I. The thesis statement (Psalm 32:1-2)

    A. Exuberance due to His forgiveness (Romans 4:5-8)
    B. Transgression, sin, iniquity, and deceit
    C. Forgiveness is available to the penitent (2 Samul 12:13)

II. The effects of unconfessed sin (Psalm 32:3-5)

    A. Suffering is not always caused by sin, but sin always causes suffering
    B. Accepting personal responsibility for sin (2 Samuel 12:13)
    C. When God forgives, He forgives completely and eternally

III. Encouragement to pray while opportunity exists (Psalm 32:6-7)

    A. The godly (1 John 1:5-10)
    B. The danger of procrastination
    C. God protects, shields, and delivers the penitent

IV. The guidance of God (Psalm 32:8-9)

    A. How do we receive instruction from the Lord? (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 1:2; 119:72,104-105)
    B. Warning: don’t be stubborn as a mule!

V. A call to worship with joy (Psalm 32:10-11)

    A. Tremendous mercy is available in God
    B. A deep appreciation for what God has done (Romans 5:6-11)

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