As many of you know, I wasn’t totally thrilled with the meeting I had last week.
But, in many ways it accomplished what I had hoped — at least in a sense.
I have talked before about the nature of forgiveness and “being bound” (here). I have also written abut the importance of seeking forgiveness and reconciliation with (1) the congregation; (2) the pastor; and (3) the congregant at my former church (read here).
After Tuesday’s meeting, I feel like the church-as-church has forgiven me. That completes the the three areas of forgiveness I have been seeking (here) — though the process of reconciliation is a totally different story as of now.
Here is the interesting thing… though it was just words — “On behalf of the church, you are forgiven” — it makes a huge difference. One of the things that God’s Word teaches us that WORDS MATTER and WORDS ACT. In other words, SOMETIMES JUST SAYING (or hearing) THE WORDS MAKES THEM TRUE.
I think forgiveness is like that — WORDS MATTER.
So since Tuesday’s meeting, I have have felt an experienced a degree of freedom that I have not felt in 18 months. I am sleeping better, experiencing some sincere moments of joy/vision/dreaming, and have not had any of those waking-up-moments of “my life sucks” all week.
FREEDOM IN CHRIST, I have had and have every day.
FREEDOM FROM DEBT TO OTHERS, I have received.
So I am FREE. And it feels REALLY GOOD.