Jan 122014
 
Jury

Judge and lawyer in the courtDon’t be mistaken – accusations WILL come.  There are always those who will cause division and strife in the Body of Christ by their words and actions.  Oh, that we could avoid such people – but they will always be with us.  It is something that we as pastors and ministers need to be constantly aware of for several reasons.

 As we live our lives in the famed “glass bowl” we are responsible for our actions and the words we speak.  All of us have made mistakes or said things we wish we hadn’t.  Whether said in exaggeration, or just said in wrong timing causing misunderstanding – we are made constantly aware of the fact that the words we, as pastors speak, carry more weight than anything others may say.  Whether it is fair or not doesn’t matter – it is so.

Oct 312012
 

Forgiveness is layered. The events that occur to cause bitterness are rarely one time events. Even if they are, they still take time to un layer them because of all the meanings that are instantly applied to the wretched event. Why do you think that Jesus said we should forgive 7×70 (Matthew 18:22)?  Because it’s an active state of forgiveness … it doesn’t end. Unfortunately, its not something that you can just check off your list. 

In fact, forgiveness is like breathing. When we actually forget to inhale oxygen and someone says, “breathe” it’s not something that you do once and then check off your list. It continues – being told to “breathe” is just a reminder. The same when people say, “forgive” it’s a reminder…