From The Pastor’s Desk — Sunday, November 5, 2017
If we received the news of someone taken hostage, we are outraged. And yet when we refuse to forgive others or ourselves, for that matter, there is a sense in which we hold them hostage.
When a person is taken hostage the abductors usually want something in return. It may be money, weapons, or the release of prisoners. The message they send is “if you give us what we want, we will give you back what we have taken.” There is always some type of condition or ransom of sort.
When we refuse to forgive others for a wrong done to us, we are saying the same thing. But instead of holding people hostage until they give us our demands, we withhold, love, acceptance, respect, service, kindness, patience or whatever else they may value. The message we send is “until I feel you have repaid me for the wrong done to me, you will not have my acceptance, etc. Can you see what is missing in this scenario, debt cancellation? People, who refuse to forgive, refuse to Cancel The Debt, let the hostage go!
Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor