Is It Better To Ask For Forgiveness Or For Permission?

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager



I. Introduction:

A. The word of God is our standard of authority (Psalms 119:1-4, Luke 11:28, John 8:31-32, and II Timothy 3:15-17).

1. We must have a desire to find out what God’s will is on matters before we act (Numbers 9:1-9).

2. Our relationship with God is dependent upon our obedience to HIS will (John 14:23-24, John 15:10, and II John 1:9).

B. Some are unafraid of consequences (II Peter 2:10).

1. Arrogance is a cause (Psalms 10:3-11 and Obadiah 1:3-4).

2. Some get bolder when they “get away with things” (Ecclesiastes 8:11-13).

3. We can’t hold to some sort of “I’ll fix it later” idea (James 4:13-16).


II. Body: Is it better to act decisively and apologize for it later; than to seek approval to act and risk delay, objections, etc. (Proverbs 20:25)?

A. God is not pleased with act first and find out later if it is right then be sorry mindset (I Samuel 15:1-28).

1. To act on one’s own accord is displeasing (II Kings 5:10-27).

2. How foolish is it to think one can do whatever he or she wants and not be concerned with consequences (Psalms 94:3-10 and Isaiah 3:9-11)?

B. We need to know what we are saying or doing is right BEFORE we say or do it (Romans 14:23 and Ephesians 5:10).

1. Don’t lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-7 and Romans 10:1-3).

2. Don’t think “good intentions” are enough (Matthew 7:21-23).

3. Knowing these things, where does that put you or I if we fall into the “act first find out later” mindset (II Peter 2:20-22)?

C. God is merciful and forgiving (Psalms 86:5 and Hebrews 8:1-13), but…

1. Real change is required for God to forgive (II Chronicles 7:14, Proverbs 28:13, and Revelation 2:5).

2. Ignorance is a choice (Ephesians 4:17-19), not a valid excuse (Acts 17:30 and Romans 1:28-32).

3. That means, if you’ve been one to act first and think later, repentance demands you show otherwise now (Luke 3:8 and Acts 26:18-20).

4. God has a limit, don’t push to find it (Jeremiah 2:22-26 and II Thessalonians 2:10-12).

5. We’d better consider how fearful it is to err (Hebrews 10:26-31)!


III. Conclusion: Eternal life is worth knowing and doing the right things (John 5:28-29).



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