Sunday, June 05, 2011
Forgiveness - video I wanted to play this morning
It's hard. Hard to forgive people who hurt you, who hurt your family, your loved ones, your church family. But as Ann Lamott so aptly put it, NOT forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rats to die.
If there is no hope of forgiveness for the worst of sinners, then there is no hope for any of us.
Jesus makes it plain. "I am warning you! If another believer sins, rebuke him; then if he repents, forgive him. 4 Even if he wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, forgive him."
Luke 17:3-4 (NLT)
From Christ - To Us - To others.
Since we have been forgiven so much, we should be outrageous in our desire to forgive. People should walk away shaking their heads and muttering about how foolish we are to believe that God can change people. Friends, each time we let go of our bitterness and anger in favor of sharing the mercy and grace of Jesus, we find ourselves a little more like Jesus when all is said and done.
And that's what we live for, to be more like Christ. Isn't it?