Thursday, February 14, 2013

Father, Forgive: 7 Last Words on Life (1)

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Luke 23.32-38, with Matthew 18.21-35
10 Feb 2013, notes/outline below

Seminary course on death and grief:
We die as we live

Last words:
they are words for life, for living, as much as (or more) for dying

Visiting with granddad in ICU, on his death bed
"Jesus loves me"

Intro the series
Intro today: Jesus loves me – Jesus forgives me

1. Forgiveness takes initiative
No one there was apologizing

2. Forgiveness is unilateral (not mutual)
Because of that, forgiveness – on its own – does not repair relationship
What it does is repair the one who forgives; it makes us whole

Desmond Tutu, "To forgive is not just to be altruistic"
"Forgiveness gives us the capacity to make a new start ... and forgiveness is the grace by which you enable the other person to get up, and get up with dignity, to begin anew"

Not obliged to continue to receive abuse

3. Forgiveness assumes the best, not the worst
"They do not know what they are doing"

4. Forgiveness puts the pain in the PAST
"Forgive them"
Clara Barton, "I distinctly remember forgetting it"

Reconciliation – mutual, unlike forgiveness. Our membership covenant:
Do you commit yourself to the practice of reconciliation to guard the unity of this congregation?

Reconciliation assumes pain, assumes offense
Desmond Tutu, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa

Jesus prays for my forgiveness:
Will I be reconciled?
Will I be a forgiver? A reconciler?

The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre
Clara Barton story

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