Forgiveness for the Sinner

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Under the old Oak Tree

One day, a man, his heart heavy with grief, was walking in the woods. As he thought about his life this day, he knew many things were not right. He thought about those who had lied about him back when he had a job.

His thoughts turned to those who had stolen his things and cheated him.
He remembered family that had passed on. His mind turned to the illness he had that no one could cure. His very soul was filled with anger, resentment and frustration.

Standing there this day, searching for answers he could not find, knowing all else had failed him, he knelt at the base of an old oak tree to seek the one he knew would always be there.

And with tears in his eyes, he prayed: –

“Lord- You have done wonderful things for me in this life. You have told me to do many things for you, and I happily obeyed. Today, you have told me to forgive. I am sad, Lord, because I cannot. I don’t know how.

It is not fair Lord. I didn’t deserve these wrongs that were done against me and I shouldn’t have to forgive. As perfect as your way is Lord, this one thing I cannot do, for I don’t know how to forgive. My anger is so deep Lord, I fear I may not hear you, but I pray that you teach me to do this one thing I cannot do – Teach me To Forgive.”

As he knelt there in the quiet shade of that old oak tree, he felt something fall onto his shoulder. He opened his eyes. Out of the corner of one eye, he saw something red on his shirt.

He could not turn to see what it was because where the oak tree had been was a large square piece of wood in the ground. He raised his head and saw two feet held to the wood with a large spike through them.

He raised his head more, and tears came to his eyes as he saw Jesus hanging on a cross. He saw spikes in His hands, a gash in His side, a torn and battered body, deep thorns sunk into His head.

Finally he saw the suffering and pain on His precious face. As their eyes met, the man’s tears turned to sobbing, and Jesus began to speak.
“Have you ever told a lie?” He asked? The man answered – “Yes, Lord.”
“Have you ever been given too much change and kept it?” The man answered – “Yes. Lord.” And the man sobbed more and more.
“Have you ever taken something from work that wasn’t yours?” Jesus asked? And the man answered – “Yes, Lord.”
“Have you ever sworn, using my Father’s name in vain?” The man, crying now, answered – “yes, Lord.”

As Jesus asked many more times, “Have you ever…?” The man’s crying became uncontrollable, for he could only answer – “Yes, Lord.”

Then Jesus turned His head from one side to the other, and the man felt something fall on his other shoulder. He looked and saw that it was the blood of Jesus. When he looked back up, his eyes met those of Jesus, and there was a look of love the man had never seen or known before.

Jesus said, “I didn’t deserve this either, but I forgive you.”

It may be hard to see how you’re going to get through something, but when you look back in life, you realize how true this statement really is.

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The Glory of the New Covenant

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The Crow

A Crow was absolutely satisfied in life.

But one day he saw a Swan.

“This Swan is so white and I am so black”, the Crow thought.

“This Swan must be the happiest bird in the world.” He expressed his thoughts to the Swan.

“Actually,” the Swan replied, “I was feeling that I was the happiest bird around until I saw a Parrot, which has two colors. I now think the Parrot is the happiest bird in creation.”

The Crow then approached the Parrot. The Parrot explained,
“I lived a very happy life—until I saw a Peacock. I have only two colors, but the Peacock has multiple colors.”

The Crow then visited a Peacock in the zoo and saw that hundreds of people had gathered to see him.

After the people had left, The Crow approached the Peacock.
“Dear Peacock, You are so beautiful. Every day thousands of people come to see you. When people see me, they immediately shoo me away. I think you are the happiest bird on the planet.”

The Peacock replied, “I always thought that I was the most beautiful and the happiest bird on the planet. But because of my beauty, I am entrapped in this zoo. I have examined the zoo very carefully, and I have realized that the Crow is the only bird not kept in a cage. So for past few days I have been thinking that if I were a Crow, I could happily roam everywhere.”

That’s our problem too.

We make unnecessary comparison with others and become sad.
Value the things God has given you.

Learn the secret of being truly happy and discard the comparison which leads only to unhappiness.


With many peaceful blessings


The Heavy Burden

A MONARCH OF LONG AGO had twin sons. There was some confusion about which one was born first. As they grew to young manhood, the king sought a fair way to designate one of them as crown prince.

All who knew the young men thought them equal in intelligence, wit, personal charm, health, and physical strength. Being a keenly observant king, he thought he detected a trait in one which was not shared by the other.

Calling them to his council chamber one day, he said, “My sons, the day will come when one of you must succeed me as king. The burdens of sovereignty are very heavy. To find out which of you is better able to bear them cheerfully, I am sending you together to a far corner of the kingdom. One of my advisors there will place equal burdens on your shoulders. My crown will one day go to the one who first returns bearing his burden like a king should.”

In a spirit of friendly competition, the brothers set out together. Soon they overtook an aged woman struggling under a burden that seemed far too heavy for her frail body. One of the boys suggested that they stop to help her. The other protested: “We have a burden of our own to worry about. Let us be on our way.”

The objector hurried on while the other stayed behind to give aid to the aged woman. Along the road, from day to day, he found others who also needed help. A blind man took him miles out of his way, and a lame man slowed him to a cripple’s walk.

Eventually he did reach his father’s advisor, where he secured his own burden and started home with it safely on his shoulders. When he arrived at the palace, his brother met him at the gate, and greeted him with dismay. He said, “I don’t understand. I told our father the burden was too heavy to carry. However did you do it?”

The future king replied thoughtfully, “I suppose when I helped others carry their burdens, I found the strength to carry my own. When you help others in their situation or challenges, you learn from there.”

Are you willing to share other people’s burdens? For whenever you shoulder the burdens of people who you meet along your pathway, God will always give you the strength you need to carry them.

With many joy-filled blessings


Moving Mountains

Moving mountains is not, as you might expect, an everyday occurrence. In fact, recorded instances of mountains being moved are not plentiful.

However, Marco Polo (1254-1354), a Merchant Venturer from Italy, did appear to have had one notable occasion when he saw an actual mountain being moved.

This is – supposedly, anyway – a true story.

In his capacity as a Merchant Venturer he travelled in China with the Emperor, Kublai Khan, who was the grandson of Genghis Khan.

In their journeys, Marco Polo and the Chinese Emperor came upon a small village in which there lived a group of Christians.

The Chinese Emperor was known for being very sadistic and cruel and he ordered his soldiers to execute them all.

But before his orders could be carried out he said, “Before I kill you, I will prove that your God is dead and that nothing in your Bible is true. Your Bible says that if you have faith like a mustard seed, you will be able to move a mountain by commanding it to go. Just a little way from your village is a mountain – I am going to give you three days in which to move it”

On the first day, all the villagers cried out, ‘Oh God, we’re going to die! Move the mountain!’ But the mountain did not move.

On the second day, they found one man, a shoemaker, who was more spiritual than the rest and they made him do all the praying. He prayed all day, ‘Oh God, we’re going to die! Move the mountain!’ But still the mountain did not move.

Come the third day, the Chinese Emperor returned and ordered his soldiers to line up the Christians and behead them.

But first he said, “I gave you three days to move that mountain and it’s still there! You have no God, your Bible must be a lie. You must pray one more time whilst I watch you! Then you will be beheaded by my soldiers!

This time, however, the village Christians began to pray differently. They looked at the mountain and they began to command it to move in the Name of Jesus of Nazareth.

And as the Emperor watched unbelievingly, the mountain began to MOVE!

And from that time onwards the Chinese Emperor became a Christian and he sent Marco Polo back to Italy to bring missionaries back with him to evangelise China.

Never under-estimate the Power of Prayer!

With many peaceful blessings