A few years ago Reader’s Digest carried an article that discussed the most powerful words in our language. The article mentioned that the words “I forgive you” may be the most powerful statement you will ever utter. What do you think about that? Have you ever experienced the freeing power of forgiveness? And conversely, have you ever witnessed the restricting force of unforgiveness?
In my message this Sunday, I plan to re-visit the soap opera of 1 Corinthians chapter five and show how the whole scenario played out – a scenario recorded in 2 Corinthians chapter two. It’s a reality story that underscores the importance of both grace and truth. Not one or the other, but both.
It’s important that we exhort one another on to excellence, that we speak the truth in love and spur one another on to love and good deeds. It’s also important that we participate fully in the gracious distribution of new beginnings when failures and shortcoming occur because they will occur – in your life and mine.
Here’s an ugly truth: there resides within all of us the capacity to use unforgiveness as a tool of manipulation. And here’s a beautiful truth: you are never any more like God than when you distribute clear, full, abundant forgiveness to someone who needs it.
On another note, for those of you who are considering becoming a part of our church family First Colony 101 resumes this Sunday at 9:45 in Room F-100. Jeremy Williamsdoes a great job leading this class and it’s a really good next step for several of you. It gives you a solid foundation as to who we are as a church family – what makes us tick.
Additionally, we start a whole new slate of Adult Bible Classes this Sunday which will continue through May 20. If you are not in a class, I’m inviting you to joinEd Goforthand me in Room D-232 (upstairs in Adult Ed wing) at 9:45. It’s a good group and we’d love to have you in our class if you’re not already in another.
Have a wonderful weekend. Hope to see you Sunday.