I visited a church yesterday. I’d been there once before to hear a guest speaker (Sy Rogers), but hadn’t heard the regular pastor speak. I did listen to a couple sermons online to get a sense of the guy, but it’s hard to tell about someone from just an audio recording. Anyway, the short version is that it was a pretty good sermon. Pastor Jurgen discussed the breaking of vows, which was interesting, considering the Eldredge passage I wrote about the other day. The only thing about that place, though (Christian City Church), is that it’s a little more charismatic than I’m used to. He did an altar call at the end, and asked people to come up if they wanted prayer, or needed to break some vows they’d made. I saw some of the ushers kind of standing behind people, and after a moment, I realized why. Three or four of them hit the deck after he laid hands on them. Hadn’t seen that before.
Still, it was an interesting sermon. And the main thing I wanted to say about it was this. The pastor said something that really stuck in my mind.
“Unforgiveness is like taking poison and hoping the other person will die.” Or words to that effect.
How true is that? Lord knows I’ve spent enough time trying to forgive people. I need to think about that some more.
Like taking poison, and hoping the other person dies…..
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Wow…timely. Forgiveness is the topic of the week for me. God put that on my heart in a GIANT WAY on my mission trip. More to come in a blog – I have permission from the other “impacted party” to be open & vulnerable. Now just have to write it out…
Actually, I have two areas where I need to forgive…and I realize I need to do it FOR ME, not for the other people. The first is an unforgiveable person, and doesn’t want my forgiveness – so where is my motive? It is for the 2nd person…as my inability to forgive the 1st hurts my relationship with the 2nd. But then, with the 2nd…the act he committed is unforgiveable, yet wasn’t against me. Yet I still need to forgive it in order to move forward, to clean out my own heart.
The mental and emotional struggle…