I walked there many years ago and I can testify of that broken bond. My heart yearns day by day for that moment to make amends. Sometimes we feel we are too big to stoop and we make the gap bigger. I remember how we were lost in sin and there was no way back to our Father and none was found worthy to stand in the gap for us. Then came the lone voice my brothers and sisters. Father prepare me a body and I will go and die for a man that they may come back to Your saving grace. Hallelujah. Later there was another lone voice crying in the wilderness preparing the way for this person to take my place.
Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in endless praise,
let them flow in endless praise.
To Forgive Is Divine (And Very, Very Hard)
But what happens if the tether breaks? What if the relationship gets truly severed? Is it too late then? Is there truly no hope? There is hope, I believe. It’s never too late — as long as both father and child are still living.
But I don’t want to think simplistically about the process. If the tether breaks, it’s very, very difficult to tie it back together. And forgiveness has to come in torrents.If our love is a tether, then forgiveness is the knot that can mend the two pieces back together.
If we don’t have someone willing to forgive, and sometimes forgive a lot, we don’t have a lot of hope, in my opinion. But here’s the good news: If we do have forgiveness in such situations, then I think the tether can wind up even stronger than before. Do I say more or you want to testify. (Email me your testimony and I will post it for the world to see the goodness of God)
We see it often in marriages when a serious failure or breach of trust has occurred — lying, adultery, or any number of behaviours. Once everything has come out in the open, those involved in the relationship may be able to save it and even strengthen it. Renewed honesty allows the level of trust to rise.
Forgiveness from one party can boost gratitude from the other. Where there are trust and gratitude, the love and affection two people have for each other can grow again — even stronger and in deeper and healthier ways. It seems counter-intuitive, but I see it time and time again. Couples who fight through those situations come out on the other side healthier and even happier. And now they have nothing to hide. It again reflects that simple truth Paul outlined in his letter to the Romans — suffering can lead to hope.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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