Repentance and forgiveness crucial to Body life

repentance and forgiveness

Yolanda Martinez, intercessor and church & high school counselor

BC-HOP Spiritual Life Prayer: Yolanda Martinez, counselor and intercessor, shared what she has observed of the increase of conflict in the Church in Belize. The enemy is stirring up strife in the body of Christ. Infighting, quarrels, gossip and slander are turning Christians against one another. That is the world’s way of reacting to conflict. It is the broad way that leads to destruction. It’s time to get back to the basics—repentance and forgiveness. We came to Christ through repentance, and received forgiveness. He commanded us to forgive others in the same way. “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” This is basic to life in the Body of Christ. No relationship can last without repentance and forgiveness. Neither our relationship with Him or our relationship with anyone else. Our leaders must lead in repentance and forgiveness. How else will the members of the Body learn?

Without repentance and forgiveness the Body falls apart. Leaders try to hold members together through control and manipulation. Members resist such control and stop listening to leaders—even when the leaders speak what is right. Members even stop talking with each other. Body life suffers. It’s simpler to say “I’m sorry.” Or, “please tell me if I have wronged you, and forgive me.” Or “what you did hurt me. Did I hurt you? How can we make this right?” Does your brother or sister have anything against you? “First go and be reconciled” (Mt.5:24). Then you’ll be back in the good graces of God. Isn’t that what we really long for?.

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