Lessons in forgiveness abound
HOW many of us face problems or challenges each week or even each day?
What about when those problems come in the form of other people? How do you deal with it? In the Bible we read about Jesus’ disciples who wanted to call down fire from heaven to deal with a challenge they had with the people of a village not welcoming Jesus.
Imagine if that was the way we as humans had the power to deal with other people and the trouble they often caused.
But what if you were that person whom was being judged and someone thought you were the challenge that they wanted to burn you with fire from heaven?
That would be it. How many of us could survive this life if it were up to others to have the power to destroy us?
Jesus was without sin and yet he died on the cross for the sins of all people.
He could have called down fire on us all and yet he chose to offer us hope and love and peace.
He gave us a second chance and more.
He keeps giving us chances too because of his love. He forgives you and me. So now instead of wishing someone were dead when they annoy you or hurt you, forgive them because Jesus forgave you first.
May God bless you. Pastor Mark Gierus Mackay Community Lutheran Church
On behalf of the Whitsunday Christian Ministers Network