Week 4 of Church Covenants: The Forgiving Spirit
A forgiving spirit means we always have one another’s best interests at heart. More than ever, we need a forgiving spirit in our world today. Here it is. Take heart!
“We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember each other in prayer, to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech, to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of the rules of our Savior to secure it without delay.”
It is the Holy Spirit of God that makes the covenant relationship work. Think about what it means to have a forgiving spirit. Jesus has forgiven us. We should forgive one another. Take notice of five words: aware – prayer – share – care – forbear.
Aware: Watch over one another in brotherly love. How wonderful it is to be a member of the local church where we watch over one another in brotherly love. This is just one of the many reasons I love the Church. There is love in the Church. We care about one another. We help one another. There are so many bitter feelings in our country today. Get rid of hate. Have forgiveness for all. The love of God has transforming power.
Prayer: Remember one another in prayer. My, how we appreciate the prayers of our brothers in Christ. Jesus told us to even pray for our enemies. Keep praying for those who don’t like you. Sooner or later he will become a friend.
Share: To aid one another in sickness and distress. In every crisis, whether in sickness, death, or other tragedies, the Church must be there to share the Love of Jesus Christ. He cares for you! One patient in a hospital told a pastor, “When I get home, I am going to start attending church. I have never seen anything like this, with so many church members visiting me. They really care about me.” Do you really care and know how to share? This calls for the next word.
Care: To cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech. Gratitude for Christian brothers and sisters is important. Let me stop here – I thank God for you and all who stand up for Jesus Christ! I thank God for all my fellow ministers who preach the true Word of God. We need to appreciate one another. By the way, thank you, Calvary Baptist Church, for hosting our Brotherhood Supper! May God bless you!
Forbear: To be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation. Christians are always ready to forgive. Can you imagine Christians living year after year with a grudge, carrying around that burden year after year? (Sad!) The Love of God will help you to forgive and forget. Life is more than what happens to you. What’s important is how you react to it.
Practice the Forgiving Spirit of the Covenant.
See you next week for week five. Thank you for reading. May God bless you and your family, and your church family.