Who’s to Blame?
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Hosea 4:4-6 | 4“But let no one bring a charge, let no one accuse another, for your people are like those who bring charges against a priest. 5You stumble day and night, and the prophets stumble with you. So I will destroy your mother— 6my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
Hosea 5:15-6:3 | 15Then I will return to my lair until they have borne their guilt and seek my face—in their misery they will earnestly seek me.” 6:1“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. 2After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. 3Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”
Assigning blame kills relationships
Instead of blaming:
1. Take responsibility (Hosea 5:15)
Proverbs 28:13 | 13Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
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2. Focus on resolving, not winning (Hosea 4:6)
Ephesians 4:31-32 | 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and com- passionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Learn to say “I’m sorry”
3. Let God reveal Himself (Hosea 6:1-3)
John 9:1-3 | 1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
Who’s to Blame?
February 15 & 16, 2014
Teaching Pastors use the NIV Thinline Reference, Thumb Indexed Bible by Zondervan.
All Bible passages are quoted from the New International Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.
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