Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Powerful Pardon

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Good morning, this is Topher from Washington Church of Christ, bringing you a Message Minute.

I remember well that chilly day in November of 1996 in Smyrna, TN, but my heart was warmed by the good will of those around me who believed in my Pardon from the highest Power in the land.  I didn't deserve it.  I couldn't earn it.  Some criticized it.   Yet, a little over 20 years later, I can still remember the smile of friends, the freedom I felt, and the joy welling inside me as I accepted the most Powerfully Undeserved Pardon any leader has ever handed down as I was baptized into Christ. (For more on "baptized into Christ" go to Galatians 3:27 or Romans 6:3 in the Bible.)

Regardless of what you and I think of the recipients of the Presidential Pardon, can we at least agree that it is good for those who hold Power to at times use that Power to give Mercy instead of Justice to those that don't deserve it?  We find out that God has always been giving Powerful Pardons as when the Old Testament Prophet Micah asks, "Who is a God like you, who pardons sins?... You … delight to show mercy." (excerpts from Micah 7:18)

Today, God grants you power, so strive to follow the example of our merciful Leadership by giving a powerful pardon to some undeserving soul who has sinned against you.   You'll be glad you did.

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