Message for October from Nate Keller
Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
During the children’s sermon from Sunday (9/14), Pastor discussed one of the lessons for the day of the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant. In this parable, Jesus reminds us to FOREVER forgive someone who sins against you – that is EVERY time! The exercise that Pastor did with the kids was to have them raise their hand, when they are tapped by someone on the shoulder, to show forgiveness. Then, when Pastor tapped them on the shoulder, they were to put their hand down showing unforgiveness. Pastor managed to keep up with the pace so that every child that was forgiven, then was unforgiven. The 2nd round of the exercise was for each child, when tapped on the shoulder, to tap two other kids showing a sign of forgiveness. The forgiveness spread so rapidly that there was no way for Pastor to keep pace with tapping kids with “unforgiveness.” This simple exercise was a great visual example, to the entire congregation, of how forgiveness can spread rapidly, just as Jesus explained in the parable. Along with the forgiveness, God’s love can also rapidly spread amongst people.
Furthermore, Pastor challenged us to think of someone who we are really having trouble forgiving, and pray for that person at least 2 minutes each day of the following week.
Forgiveness is such a powerful thing. In thinking and praying about a person that I had a difficult time forgiving in the past, this really helped me to purge some things that were bottled up inside.
Did this challenge of forgiving others feel like taking a monkey off your back? Or closer to God through forgiveness? It is a great exercise of introspection.
One last thought, October 12 is Clergy Appreciation Day, so be sure to thank Pastor Bill for his faithful commitment to everything that he does here at Trinity !
God’s blessings to all,