Tomorrow night (Saturday, August 26) is a fellowship event at the Orlando City game against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Game time is 7:30. We have 25 attending. Be sure to wear purple, if you have it.
The solar eclipse party went well. While initially the clouds hid the sun, soon the sky opened enough for us to see the whole event, Florida style. Thanks to Suzi Kroll for organizing things!
Fall Sunday School kicks off next week (King’s Quest for kids in preschool to 8th grade; ACTs for the teens; and Adult Bible Class in the ASC room). King’s Quest is having a kick-off party. The Adult Bible Class will begin a study on Luther and the three “solas” of the Lutheran Reformation.
As we look further ahead in September, the accreditation process will kick off the 10th; we’ll have church in the gym the 17th due to the flooring installation in the sanctuary, and Sunday Funday is the 24th. Remember, the KOK 50thAnniversary celebration is October 8, 4:00 pm, and we’d like all of you to attend! Dinner and special anniversary program will follow.
Here is today’s devotion:
Forgiving and Forgiven
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
She felt as if he had kicked her in the stomach as hard as he could. They had committed their lives together in marriage. The disappointing years of trying to have a baby brought them even closer together – she thought. When their miracle finally happened, when the Lord blessed them with a daughter after all those years, what does her husband do? He has an affair. Claims it is God’s will. Leaves her to move in with his new girlfriend!
How could she ever forgive him? She struggled with bitterness and rage. When she thought of how he had betrayed her, how he claimed this was right and good, her anger boiled into fury!
How could she forgive? Only with the help of Jesus.
Her anger made her soul bitter and was destroying her connection with God. God has commanded us to forgive as he has forgiven us – unconditionally, without reservations, without pre-qualifications, without any payback.
How can we forgive like him? Only with the help of Jesus.
Before we were born, but long after God knew all the bitterness and anger that would rage through our hearts, God forgave us through Jesus. Jesus volunteered to hang on the cross, the focus of all God’s righteous anger over our sin. The timbers of Jesus’ cross formed the cross hairs where God targeted Jesus with the torture of hell until God’s anger was appeased.
Through Jesus the full payment for all of our sin was made. God asks nothing in return. He doesn’t demand we apologize. He doesn’t require us to make amends. He forgave us completely, totally, unconditionally because he chose to love us. He chose to forgive us by sacrificing his Son.
His love overwhelms me. His forgiveness fills me. These gifts give me the power to forgive others, as he forgave me.
Jesus, I’ve done a lot of wrong, but you’ve forgiven me for everything. Help me with the power of your love to forgive others, no matter what they’ve done to me. Amen.