July 3, 2020

BEYOND FORGIVENESS

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We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.  2 Corinthians 5:20

Harriet Ward Beecher wrote, “Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends,” wrote. Most of us, however, never get to the cemetery with those faults.

We file them away in our memory banks, we store them in the closet; and then when the time is right, we marshal them and use them as weapons and clubs to wreak vengeance upon our enemies.

During the Korean conflict in the early 50s, a North Korean soldier, actually a teenager who had been impressed into the army and given a gun, in a fit of rage and anger, took another Korean youth and executed him in front of his family.

Later the same youth was captured by South Korean soldiers and the mother and father of the boy who had been killed were called upon to identify the young man.

Yes, this was the boy who had held them captive and pulled the trigger. But surprisingly the parents pleaded for his life. “He was angry and he didn’t know what he was doing. Let us have the boy and raise him in place of our son.”

A surprised and somewhat befuddled military tribunal gave them their request, and the offending youth was sent home with the parents of the boy who lost his life.  Today, almost unbelievably, that person is a Korean pastor. In that home, he found forgiveness and he found God, and God made the difference.

Forgiving is important, very important; but it is restoration that brings great dividends, whether it is one who has wronged you, your husband or wife, your son or daughter, or your parents.

Thank God for His grace that allows us to be reconciled to Himself. It is also His grace that enables us to be reconciled, going one step beyond forgiveness. God bless you

CONFESSION OF THE DAY: I am unstoppable. Amen

DISCUSSION OF THE DAY: I will be holding a 2 day relationship hangout session for singles and married in the 25th and 26th of May by 10pm daily. Join Pst Chika and Myself to be part of this Facebook Live broadcast. The page name is Dr Andy Kwakpovwe.

PRAYER OF THE DAY: This morning, ask God for the grace to go beyond forgiveness and move into restoration in Jesus name. 

Dr Andy Kwakpovwe
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