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Forgiving

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Dear Precious Saints of MBC, 
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's Day. 
In Dale Galloway's book, "You Can Win with Love", he tells a story about John D. Rockefeller, the man who built the great standard oil empire. Rockefeller was a man who demanded high performance from his company executives. One day, one of the executives made a two million dollar mistake. 
Word of the man's error quickly spread throughout the executive office, and the other men began to make themselves scarce. Afraid of Rockefeller's reaction, they didn't want to cross his path. One man didn't have a choice since he had an appointment with him.  
As the man approached Rockefeller's desk, Rockefeller looked up from the piece of paper that he was writing on, and said, "I guess you've heard about the two million dollar mistake our friend made today?"  
"Yes" the man replied, expecting Rockefeller to explode in anger. 
Rockefeller stated, that he had been sitting at his desk listing all of our friend's good qualities and he'd discovered, that in the past he has made way more for us than he has lost today. His good points far outweigh this one human error. So I think we ought to forgive him, don't you?   
Cultivating a forgiving spirit is a very serious problem that each of us wrestles with. Those who have never recognized their own failures have a tough time understanding and forgiving others. The reason David was known for being a man after God's own heart was because of his spirit to forgive.  
If you are resentful of the way someone has treated you, and you are holding it against that person, hoping to retaliate or get even, you need to ask God to free you from that bondage. Whenever you come across someone who has wronged you, take that person immediately to God.  Claim God's power to forgive your offender through Jesus Christ and move on.   
 
See you on Sunday on line!
I the light of His glory and grace,
 
Pastor Doug