HEARTS: One heart attitude that drags down many churches is unforgiveness. When people get hurt, they sometimes feel like they have a right to their unforgiveness, and they wear it like a badge of honor. Our church has certainly been hurt by people who didn’t understand forgiveness. And those people who wouldn’t forgive were hurt even more.
Unforgiveness trips us up not only when we are sinned against, but also when we are slighted, ignored, overlooked or accidentally insulted.
Proverbs 19:11 says: A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense. And Ephesians 4:32 tells us: Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
The world is full of unforgiveness. It doesn’t need any more from the people of MHCC. So let’s ask for God’s grace and power to set a better example, to go beyond our natural resentment offer something supernatural: Forgiveness for each other!
Dear Lord, thank you for forgiving us. We know we can never match that, but by your Spirit, let us forgive and (by your power) be reconciled with one another. May none of us hold a grudge or nurse an old wound when your word tells us so clearly to forgive.
Thank you, Lord.
(REMEMBER: Tuesdays are our day to FAST and pray if you can).