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From Pastor Kathie

August 2016

As Jesus was asked by his disciples, he taught them to pray.  We signify this specific example of prayer by the name, “The Lord’s Prayer.” 

 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,  Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.  Amen.

 

As I was pondering our Lord’s Prayer, it occurred to me that a key piece of this prayer centers on forgiveness.  That’s a topic Jesus not only talked about, and taught about, but also lived out. 

 

So, this month, while you are basking in the summer sun and enjoying a slower pace, I thought it would be good to review and reflect on some stories of the Bible using themes.  Several years ago, I acquired a little book titled, “Meredith’s Book of Bible Lists.”  From time to time it has provided an interesting look at biblical sections and stories.

 

Here’s Meredith’s List of six people Jesus forgave during his ministry here on earth:

 

1. The man who was let down through the ceiling by his friends.  (Matt. 9:2)

2. Mary, as she was anointing Jesus’ feet.  (Luke 7:47-50)

3. Those who crucified Jesus. (Luke 23:34)

4. The thief on the cross next to Jesus.  (Luke 23:39-43)

5. The man by the pool at Bethseda.  (John 5:14)

6. The woman caught in adultery.  (John 8:3-11)

 

     Maybe we think we cannot forgive someone who has hurt us or caused us to suffer.  Maybe we believe that some people’s sins are worse than ours – or the worst sin of all – and they cannot be forgiven.  Maybe we are wrong.  The Holy Scriptures that I read lead me to believe that Jesus didn’t stop at forgiving people for simple things or for ‘lesser’ sins.  Jesus even gave his grace to the ones who were taking his life. There are hundreds, maybe millions more people who have received forgiveness from Jesus, from all kinds of sins.

 

What’s the lesson here? 

 

1) Forgiveness is a thing of God.  When we forgive, we are imitating our Lord and Savior.  Even when we don’t completely understand, even when we feel we are in the ‘right,’ and especially when we believe someone doesn’t deserve forgiveness, we must remember Christ’s example and follow.  

2) Forgiveness is a process.  With the help of the Holy Spirit, we CAN forgive and heal from terrible hurts. 

3) Forgiveness heals us.  In the act of forgiving someone else, we find great healing and wholeness.  (Refer to #1…  it’s a God thing!)

 

Blessings to you as you ponder God’s passion for forgiveness and as you find healing as you forgive.

 

Pastor Kathie

 

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