FROM THE PULPIT: Admit your mistakes and receive forgiveness

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 06:06 PM.

Johnny turned to his sister and said, “I’m sorry I tried to blame you. And I’m sorry I treated you so badly. I hope you will forgive me.”

She smiled and said she did.

Jesus said in Luke 17:3, “If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”

We must confess our mistakes. We must own up to our poor choices. And if someone hurts us, we need to forgive them.

This doesn’t mean we condone what was done; it means the power of the wrong action is lifted from us to bring new freedom in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

The Rev. Mark Broadhead is Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Crestview’s pastor.

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