January 31st, 2005

bundled up, walkabout, snow


It was a very serious lesson in church today, and one that I am still struggling with.

bradhicks wrote about the teachings of the church, contrasted with the word of Christ, in this post. His point was that there were specific commands that Christ made, that are fundamental to judgement. His focus was on charity, caring for the least of these, etc.

This morning's command from Christ was to my mind, a much more natural yet sometimes almost impossible one. The command to forgive others.

It's part of the Lord's Prayer. It's the point of the prayer upon which Christ focused, when he went on to explain the prayer.

And then in Luke 6:37: “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. "

Pastor pointed out the order here. (1)Forgive, and (2)You will be forgiven.

Forgiving others seems natural to me, and then I run right into a brick wall of a remembered hurt, and then realize that I have not completely forgiven. It's really not so very easy at all.

But then Christ teaches that "with God, all things are possible."

I still have a lot of work to lay before God, I see.
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