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Thoughts and Reflections

Forgiveness and Mercy

John 1:14

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

profileAs John describes Jesus – the Word becoming flesh – I am struck by yet another difference between Jesus and me!  He was and is full of grace as John writes – and I am not always filled with grace – and at times the church is not as well.  I am not – by nature – a mercy person – yet as a pastor I am called to show mercy – maybe another name is compassion.  The church is too.

Recently I was listening to a broadcast on the web and they were talking about grace – and restoration – in the church.  Amazingly – their stories were that even in the church – there weren’t a lot of people who knew how or were even willing to show grace.  Those who have been shown grace – who have been shown mercy – by God – should be the first ones willing t show mercy – forgiveness to others.

The church – at times – has a hard time showing grace to those among us who have fallen – who have sinned.  Yeah – we might be pretty good at showing grace for small things – but when someone has a major failing – we have a hard time showing grace.  I’ve heard this before – the church might be the only place where they kill their own wounded.

Yet if we took the time to reflect upon the grace God shows us – we would be filled with grace for others.  We have even been told to pray for grace for others – as we say the Lord’s Prayer.  Luke’s version uses – Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

Luke 11:2-4 – He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’ “

You may have learned it as – forgive us our debts (or trespasses) as we forgive our debtors (those who trespass against us) – and our debt (trespass) to God is our sin!  We owe a debt of sin – our life – which we could never repay.  Yet God forgives us through Christ and through Christ we should forgive others!  As we walk to the cross – think on these things!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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March 7, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , ,

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