Friday, November 27, 2015

Forgiving is hard!

   Giving forgiveness to others is easy to say, but hard to do.  It is especially difficult in the midst of being wronged, but we are called to give forgiveness to others.  It sounds like such a tall task.  How can we do it sometimes?
   First, we must realize that forgiveness does not come with allowing the person to wrong you again.  No, if they are allowed to wrong you again, then they are sinning and distancing themselves from God.  God does not want this and neither should we.  Sadly, not always can we prevent them from wronging us.
   How essential is forgiveness?  After all, it is really hard sometimes.  We are called to “forgive those who trespass against” as we want God to “forgive us our trespasses.”  As Jesus said, “the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.” – [Matthew 7:2]
  If we want to be forgiven for our sins and enter Heaven, we must forgive others’ sins.  All of them.  It is hard and in some cases nearly impossible for us to do, but with God’s help we can do anything.  Jesus knows how to forgive in the hardest of situations.  While being nailed to the Cross, Jesus was able to offer forgiveness.  May God’s willingness to forgive our sins inspire and strengthen us to forgive others.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Yesterday, we thanked Veteran’s for their service to our great nation.

   These men and women served our nation and for this we owe them a deep gratitude.  They served our nation and, thus, they have served us.  Their service was selfless, courageous, and honorable.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!
   Today, I would like to honor someone who served us all.  Jesus Christ!  A million times, thank you!  Jesus was God, yet He served those whom He created.  Who would think a God would become a servant to those He created?  It sounds absurd.
   Jesus served us because of His love for us.  How immense must be this love for God to become the servant of his creatures?  Sorry, I have a hard time comprehending it.
   But, how did Jesus Christ serve us all?  First, He became one of us and really dug in deep into the human experience, one marked by trials, suffering, joys, and sorrows.  Only after 30 years in the human experience did Jesus begin to teach publicly, which we greatly needed.
   Then, entrusting His teaching to His disciples, Jesus did the ultimate service for mankind.  He suffered and died for us.  Why is this a service?  Because of He did it for others.  No for Himself, but for us sinners.  He served us with all that He had.  His service for us and our nation is irreplaceable.
   Our nation’s motto: “In God We Trust.”  Thank you, Jesus!  I trust in You!