Greg Arnold
on 07/19/2018 at 01:21 pm
Amen, Shannon. The Church is the body of Jesus Christ... which includes you and me. A church building with a pastor and a congregation is just one tiny part of the greater collection. It’s unfortunate that you and your family are struggling through a bad experience. As long as we all can remember that Jesus is the perfect head of the church,and pastors are the imperfect leaders answering a call from God. There are some amazing servants out there who strive to get it right - but still remain human. Follow Jesus, not the person. Respect the leader until they give reason not to respect them. In your case - just move along and keep searching for that imperfect group of people where your family fits like a glove.
on 07/19/2018 at 01:06 pm
Thank you for all your godly insight Greg! I am at a point where I have not lost faith in God, but have almost lost all faith in church. The harm that was done to my family was done by our pastor. Then we go to new pastor for help, godly advice, and counseling. Then he betrays us by trying to manipulate us and protect the pastor that caused harm and broke the law. I am praying heavily that god leads all including law enforcement to make the correct decision with gods direction.
Greg Arnold
on 07/18/2018 at 07:20 pm
Matt, forgiveness is really more about you than them. They own their feelings and you own your feelings. We can’t make them regret anything, that is their choice. We can only control our thoughts and heart. Forgiving them is setting yourself free... then you can move on. It doesn’t mean you agree with them or approve of their actions. Forgiving means you’ve released them from your mind and heart and wish them well in the journey. Then kick the dust off your shoes and move on.
Matt Neff
on 07/18/2018 at 07:12 pm
what if the person who did a wrong against you isn't seeking forgiveness? what if they don't regret the thing they have done against you?
Greg Arnold
on 07/18/2018 at 03:27 pm
Forgiveness is a matter of the heart. It doesn’t relieve a person from facing the consequences of bad decisions. However, it does make the consequences more bearable.
Boyce Moses
on 07/18/2018 at 02:19 pm
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, we humbly come to the throne of grace today to thank You for being in our hearts so we can forgive others. You give us so much closeness with You when we forgive others, as You have forgiven us. All we do when we don’t forgive is eat ourselves up. Thank You for empowering us to have Your heart, and forgive others. Praying suing in the name of Jesus. Amen
on 07/18/2018 at 02:18 pm
Can there be true forgiveness, but also follow through with legal consequences if a person does serious harm? I understand forgiveness I believe, but I also struggle with how the bible states that God put mans laws and law enforcement in place to be followed.

DAY 199: Unlocking Peace and Contentment

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  ~ Matthew 6:14

God doesn't withhold forgiveness to the man who freely forgives.  But choosing to hold those grudges or refusing to forgive those who wrong you - cuts God out of the picture.

If you want that peace and contentment in your life, you'll need to offer the forgiveness you have been denying.

Today, step up to the plate, be the big man, swallow your pride and forgive them.  Unlock God's blessing of forgiveness and peace and free-up your life.