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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

19 February 2020: Mrs Jo Hopkins, Church and community worker for URC Petersfield and Liss

Be kind

With so much uncertainty in our world… times have never been more unclear. So what can we hold on to?

Well for me it is the knowledge of God’s love and forgiveness.

As children of Christ we are told to love one another as yourself and forgive our enemies. Easier said than done I hear you cry, but if we have God in our lives then we can take comfort in his word. 2 Corinthians chapter 13 verse 11:

"Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. "

So where do we start with this? Well it can only start with us, if you can forgive the wrong doings of others that’s great. But if you cannot forgive yourself, how will we be able to be made new and get the free gift of peace in our lives!

It is so hard to let go of all we have done and said to others, the hurt we have caused we hold on to. And it becomes a barrier or crutch, it stops us from being who God wants us to be. How can we be free when we carry so much baggage around? God forgave all our sins. His blood was shed so we could have a relationship with him. He knew us before we were born, he knows our thoughts and what is in our hearts.

So, if you need to let things go, I hope and pray you’ll be kind to yourself. I hope you will start to forgive yourself because the people you love already have. We can’t change the past but we can learn from it. All of us are a work in progress.

But like a pebble thrown into the water the ripples reach a wide area, so by showing love, kindness and forgiveness to one another, we can make the world a wonderful place. So be kind my friends, be kind.

 

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