From Ben – 21 October 2018

It has always been my practice to try to be apolitical as a minister and thankfully I do not intend to change my position. Having said that, I could not help but notice the sad set of circumstances that has occurred this past week in our halls of parliament. It is not for me to pass judgment or give an opinion on what has transpired. What I have noticed however, is the damage that is emerging when people harbor grudges and reach back in the past only to bring up failings and short comings which should be forgotten.

As Christians, God calls us in the church and Christian family to behave with grace and compassion, forgiving one another and resolving to move forward in peace. The Proverbs say “love covers over sin”. In the Psalms God promises to “forgive our sin and to remember it no more”. The Gospel of Christ calls us, in the family of God, to reflect the compassion and gracious, forgiving nature of the God who loves us.

As Paul wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to the church at Ephesus, he called on them to forgive in the same way and the same measure that Christ forgave us.

Bishop J.C. Ryle was right when he said, “If God has forgiven us pounds (dollars), can we not forgive pence (cents)?

Eph 4:31 Be kind and compassionate, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.

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