Compelled to Forgive

Debbie and I have been married for over 40 years. I read a newsletter article today from pastor Mark Buckley. He says, “It takes a lot of forgiveness for a marriage to last over forty years. It takes a lot of grace to actually enjoy life together as the years go by.” Ah, that’s the important difference. Many people endure a miserable marriage because of the consequences of leaving, but how do we actually enjoy the relationships in our life?

An essential step in our relationship with God is learning to forgive because unforgiveness separates us from him. We need to forgive the big offenses that may have happened many years ago. We also need to learn to forgive the small, daily offenses that can completely remove joy from the relationship. Is it possible? How? Have I learned anything about forgiveness in the last 40 years? 😊 Please come Sunday and find out!

Jim Bentley
Minister, Pastoral Care

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