Scripture: Genesis 33:4-5 & 16v
Subject: "Enjoying the Journey" (Part IV)
Pastor Ronald L. Slaughter
Points: If we desire to "Enjoy the Journey," we must......
#1) Learn how to let some things Go (4-5v)
-The hatred that Esau once had for his brother Jacob, has now completely banished.
-God's ability to work simultaneously in Esau and Jacob's life over the past 20 years, must be noted.
-If you are going to enjoy the journey, you can not allow your journey to be filled with misery, hatred, bitterness and animosity because you refuse to forgive and move on.
-Marianne Williamson was correct when she said, "Unforgiveness is like drinking poison yourself and waiting for the other person to die."
#2) Learn how to embrace the spirit of unselfishness (9v)
-Jacob believed one of the ways to reconcile his relationship with his brother was to offer him gifts.
-Esau responds to Jacob's offer by declaring, "keep what you have for yourself." In that statement, Esau is referring directly to anything Jacob may have received as a result of stealing his birthright.
-Esau never responds in an selfish way. He never said, "you owe me for what you did to me, put me through or you owe me for my years of struggle."
-When you have an unselfish spirit and have practiced genuine forgiveness, you do not require someone to make up to you what they did to you.
#3) Learn how to move on (16v)
-Unlike the split between Jacob and Laban (Genesis 31:51-53), Jacob and Esau parted ways without needing a treaty. They parted ways on friendly terms.
-As we continue on our journey, we must learn how to move on!
-Steve Maraboli said, "Letting Go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny. Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness."