03.02.21—Pardon and Peace!--Hebrews 9:2
My friend, may I ask you a question? When it comes to offering forgiveness to other, getting caught between “must do” and “should do” is easy to do?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I’m M. Clifford Brunner
Recently, decisions at the office, maintenance and repair issues at home and, it seems, a multitude of other weighty matters had crept into my life. I determined to knock each off as quickly and efficiently as possible and set out to do it. That is until my son Dan called out from his bedroom. “Hey Dad! Come and see this website that I built.” For a moment I was frozen between a world of “must do” and “should do.” Do I yell out “Later!” or do I just make a new priority? When he yelled, “Are you coming?” that decided it for me. The weighty issues of the day went on hold for the moment.
When it comes to offering forgiveness to other, getting caught between “must do” and “should do” is easy to do.
Here’s a story: Alexander H. Stephens become ill and died shortly after becoming Governor of Georgia. When it became known that he was soon to die, the great men of state crowded his bedroom and besought him to sign important documents. But Stephens waved then away and told his secretary to bring out of his private desk an old, faded paper. It was the petition of an humble woman seeking the pardon of her sinful son in the penitentiary. With the great State officials begging Stephens to lay it aside and take up weightier matters, he replied: “No, I am going to sign this. The great matters will take care of themselves.” And being propped on his pillow, Governor Stephens took the yellow, faded appeal of the heartbroken mother who had no other intercessor at the Governor’s mansion, and he dipped the pen in the ink and across the yellow appeal he wrote: “PARDONED.” Moments later he dropped back upon his pillow died. (Arthur T. Abernethy)
At Calvary, the Son of God was dying. At His side, a thief and a murderer, an outcast hung suspended between time and eternity. He was unfit to go into eternity and he was about to die. He cried out: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!” And from the bruised lips of Christ came the answer that has echoed down through the ages: “This day you shall be with Me in Paradise.” So should it be with all men who are our enemies. May God grant each of us the ability and the will to take care of things that really matter. The rest shall take care of themselves.
We pray. Heavenly Father. At Jesus’ side at Calvary, You placed a thief and a murderer, an outcast hung suspended between time and eternity. He was unfit to go to heaven and he was about to die. Yet, when he cried out: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!” Our Savior responded. And from the bruised lips of Christ came the answer that has echoed down through the ages: “This day you shall be with Me in Paradise.” Forgive us Lord when we are not quick to forgive others, especially those who really don’t seem to deserve our mercy and love, those that have been cruel or mean to us. May it be that we would be so forgiving with all men who are our enemies-especially those who are our enemies. Grant each of us the ability and the will to take care of things that really matter, like forgiveness. The rest shall take care of themselves. We pray this in Jesus name. Amen!
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