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This Week's Noticesheet

In the Gospel according to Matthew, chapter18, we
learn something about God’s desire in regards to our sin
and the forgiveness of others. As individuals and as a
church we need to ask - what does God expect from us,
and then what do we expect from God? Matthew’s picture
is that of a man who is forgiven his debt, but does not
forgive a debt owed to him. Jesus talks to us about
forgiveness of all, no matter what has happened. As we
reflect on our brothers and sisters in Christ, and those
around us, we are reminded of forgiveness of all sins, no
matter how big or small. Is that not our biggest aim also,
to forgive each other for all the things we say and do to
each other? Can we be as Christ like to our brothers and
sisters in the church and to all others we meet? C.S. Lewis
says, ‘To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable
because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you’.
It is not easy. We can not do it by ourselves. It is only
by the grace of God that we can do this, as we begin to
heal the wounds created by actions and words that have
scarred us.
Iain MacInnes & Colin Roberts