Breathe On Me
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In the Style of Jennifer Knapp
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As We Forgive Those ... "Peace be with you," he said. As he spoke, he held out his hands for them to see, and he showed them his side. They were filled with joy when they saw their Lord! He spoke to them again and said, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." Then he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone's sins, they are forgiven. If you refuse to forgive them, they are unforgiven." John 20:21-23 Dylan was diagnosed with autism in the 2nd grade. The teacher he had at that time refused to acknowledge his diagnosis. As far as she was concerned this was just a doctor making excuses for Dylan's bad behaviour and so, she made school much harder on him than it needed to be. We had several heated clashes over her treatment of Dylan. Finally that school year ended and I didn't think about Mrs. Soandso much after that except whenever the subject of Dylan's worst teacher came up. Eventually she was forgotten as Dylan and I moved on. You know, if you hang around someone long enough, you get an idea of what is important to them. Throughout His ministry, Jesus made very clear the things He thought were important. I want to talk about one of those things today. The gospels tell us Jesus talked about it again and again. He included it in the prayer He taught us. He talked about it so much that I think it is safe to conclude that it is a very important issue. In fact, it was one of the first things He told the disciples after His resurrection. Forgiveness! We have heard the message of the importance of forgiveness so many times. We have recited the truth of it through the Lord’s Prayer more times than we can probably count. So many times that I think it is easy for us to tune it out. Yes, we know it is important. But doing it, actually doing it in our daily lives, now that is a challenge. It sure seems like God has wanted to get the message of forgiveness across to me lately. In many different ways and through many different people I have been hearing the message again and again. That message was brought home to me last week when I was doing my chaplain work at the hospital. I looked on my list of patients to see that day and there was Mrs. Soandso. Immediately I felt the animosity toward her that I had no idea was still there, even 16 years later. It hit me that I never forgave her. I then thought about a passage from Matthew: "So if you are standing before the altar in the Temple, offering a sacrifice to God, and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there beside the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.” Matthew 5:23-24 Without even knowing it, my lack of forgiveness has been a hinderence to my relationship with God. I went to the chapel and prayed. I asked God to forgive me of my unforgiveness and He helped me to finally, completely forgive Mrs. Soandso. Later in the morning I went to her room. Mrs Soandso hadn't changed a bit. She was still proud and defiant. But that didn't matter to me anymore. All that mattered was that she was another human being in need of God's love and because I had forgiven her, I could be a true conduit for that love. Forgiveness is the key to peace of mind. It is the key to peace in relationships. It is key to our physical healing. Forgiveness is freedom! Freedom from being emotionally shackled to another person. Forgiveness is foundational for our spiritual growth and emotional health. It is key to our personal power and authority in prayer. If there is unforgiveness in your heart then there is static on the line when you talk to God. The more unforgiveness, the more static until God has a hard time hearing you at all. Forgiveness is what being a Christian is all about. You know it, and I know it. Sooner or later you have to face forgiveness. If you are feeling spiritual separation, if you feel like your prayers are ineffectual, if you are struggling with emotional pain, then look inside your heart and see if there is someone who you need to forgive. Jesus gave us this key over and over again and we must use it to unlock our hearts so they can be open to God. “…forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.” It is true for all of us. Thank you for taking time from your lives to worship with me today.