FROM THE DESK OF THE ARCHBISHOP AND APOSTOLIC HEAD
Sir Godfrey Gregg DD
Today I praise the Lord for our Patriarch and Bishop of Starlight of Israel, Our beloved Crowned Queen Abbess Hon Dr. Jacinta Albert-Patrick of Trinidad and Tobago, Matriarch-Elect Hon. Janet McClean Patriarch McGillvary and the Queen Abbess of London, England, clergy, brothers, sisters, friends and well -wishers.
Sometimes we can become stuck in relational regret because we sinned against someone and we wonder if God will forgive us. Or perhaps we were unfaithful to someone who loved us, we committed adultery or have been promiscuous. Thankfully, God is not stingy with forgiveness.
God’s tender forgiveness and grace is shown in the story of Peter’s betrayal of Christ (Matthew 26:69-75). After Peter denied Christ, and Jesus was raised from the dead, two angels appeared to Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Mary, the mother of Jesus. Thankfully, the angels didn’t just instruct the women to tell the disciples the good news. Instead, they told them to “go tell the disciples and Peter” (Mark 16:7).
God knew Peter was suffering from regret so he sent a special invite to him. It was as if God was saying, “Peter, it doesn’t matter what you’ve done. Even if you’ve denied me, you’re forgiven.” I often wonder if that still voice is available to us today. It does not matter the gravity of the sin, God is still available to us.
God extends the same grace and forgiveness to us if we’ve made poor decisions in romantic relationships. Even if we have not obeyed Him, He wants us to know the freedom that comes from forgiveness and grace so we can move forward in hope like Peter. Today here is your example and encouragement to walk and talk with Jesus.
Can you imagine how Peter’s life would have turned out if he hadn’t embraced the forgiveness of Christ? He would not have become a writer of the New Testament. And rather than being a bold witness for God, he would have wallowed in self-pity and regret. In short, he would have missed his calling. This is your moment to follow Peter’s example, This is my time to do the right thing. Failure we will miss the calling, so while grace is still available let us with the bold assurance take up the mantle of the cross.
Accepting forgiveness for any sin we’ve committed is necessary to move into the future with hope. Remember that Satan wants to keep you chained to the past in regret to prevent you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life. I have done my part, it is up to you follow your pursuit of forgiveness.
With the Love of God I pray God’s blessing on you today and let the Lord have His way in your hearts today.