THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Your will to forgive will always bring freedom and restoration

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A few days ago 21 Christians were beheaded on a beach in Libya, by members of the so called Islamic State, in a despicable act of brutality and barbarity.

As a Christian I believe they are now in heaven for eternity with God, even though their families and friends will of course be grieving for them.

Over the centuries many Christians have been martyred for their faith, right from the beginning of the early church.

It is evident from some of the accounts available that on some occasions those who have been martyred were able to forgive those responsible. Even Jesus forgave those who crucified Him.

The power of sincere forgiveness is both profound and total.

It is entirely possible today that someone may have wronged you unjustly, to a greater or lesser extent, depending on the circumstances.

My prayer for you is that God will give you the strength to forgive those who have trespassed against you as God forgives you your trespasses.

This simple, yet substantial decision of your will to forgive, with accompanying actions if required, will always bring freedom and restoration. As there is no time like the present, why wait?

Pastor Kevin Taylor

South Holland Community Church, Spalding