2004 Monthly Letter
Partner In Ministry:
of my favorite passages of Scripture is Luke 17:4-5. Jesus
is speaking to His disciples and says, "If your brother
sins against you seven times in the day, And turns to you
seven times, and says, 'I repent,' you must forgive him.
is the part I like) And The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase
other words, "Yikes! This is beyond what we are able to
do! We need help!"
attended three of the sessions of a Weekend in Ventura, California.
She experienced the teaching on forgiveness and shared this
testimony during the Sunday morning worship service:
"I was extremely angry at my brother, Arthur, who passed
away February 22nd from cancer. I never had a chance to reconcile
with him before he died.
During the women's session we were given a specific way to
symbolize our forgiveness of others. We wrote the name of
a person we needed to forgive on pieces of paper, prayed for
God's enabling us to forgive, went outside, and buried them
in a hole that symbolized a grave. I wrote Arthur's name and
buried my past hurt from him.
Immediately I began to feel the anger toward him seep out
of me. It was a wonderful feeling of release. At the same
time, I felt the pain of my hurting him. I could forgive him
but not myself!
Some of you know I have a hearing disability. I carry around
this hearing device (much like a wireless mike) and ask teachers
to wear it to aid my hearing. After the session I was so disturbed
with my own sin against Arthur that I walked out without my
Ron came running after me with it. When he caught up to me,
he asked how the women's session was for me. I told him, "I
was able to forgive my brother, BUT I was unable to forgive
myself!" He invited me to talk about it but I had to go.
He said, "Okay, but promise me you'll come to the Sunday morning
special teaching on the freedom of forgiveness." I promised
him I would.
After supper, I was still distressed so I called the crisis
team at the counseling center and told them I was feeling
so badly about myself. They listened to me and encouraged
me to do something that would make me feel good. So, I washed
the kitchen floor!
After this morning's teaching, Ron sought me out and asked,
"Did you find the freedom of forgiveness you were seeking
for yourself?"' I said, 'not completely."
He asked if he could lay his hands on my shoulders and pray
for me. I said, "Yes." He prayed 'Jesus, on the cross you
bore the burden of Linda's unforgiveness of herself. She doesn't
have to bear it because you bore it. Now release her of that
burden she is carrying."
As he lifted his hands off my shoulders, I felt my burden
lifted and in its place a peace came into my heart, mind,
and spirit of forgiving myself. Through that brief prayer,
Jesus freed me!"
Thank you for your partnership in helping to upbuild and
increase the faith of those in need!