2018-07-03 - Forgiveness
At our church, we recently bought a brand-new computer. The diligent, hard-working officer who was to most often use it, inadvertently misplaced the activation key for a vital program. Without the program, the computer is useless for the church officer. One would think that nowadays, anything is recoverable. But as for the activation key, a month later, this particular company still won’t “give it up.” This is true, even though we have proof of the church’s pricey purchase. The officer worked with it, then asked Richard for help. Normally he can fix anything of this nature, but the company has been unforgiving of the mistake the officer made. Richard worked about 15 hours on the situation, and now he has handed it off to an associated friend who is a programmer by profession.
I guess that we can finally solve the controversy of “what is the unforgivable sin?” Apparently, it is the loss of an activation key! haha Of course, as someone who worked for many years for a District Attorney's office, serving crime victims, I am well aware that there must be cautions against criminals. However, I am also aware that most other companies are much more reasonable for legitimate customers, and will work with them. And they show grace and true humanity. They realize that most of us aren't perfect and allow for procedures for when people make mistakes.
Aren’t you glad that God isn’t like this software company that took almost $1000 of our church's money, but won’t release the program so we can use it? Aren’t you glad that no matter what we have done, we can come repentantly to God at any time, and be forgiven?
Acts 3:19 (HCSB) Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord
Thank you, Lord, for providing forgiveness for our sins, and thank you for your 24/7, instant availability, to hear our repentant confessions. May we do our part in sharing your Gospel with those whose hearts haven’t been touched by it. In Jesus name, amen.
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