The Depth of Christ’s Forgiveness

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Cool song right?

Did you know the singer faked cancer and is (was?) addicted to porn? Because he was part of Hillsong worship team, his position was more vulnerable towards attacks, especially after the above was found out.

But I’m not so concerned with his trangressions, as opposed to the reactions, especially from Christians. I suppose if you googled Mike Guglielmucci, you’d find tonnes of not-so-nice-threads about him and it would be fair to say that some are ready to tie him to the stake and burn him to death. Sure, what he committed was wrong and I’m sure the faith of many was shaken, and the reactions are understandable, but I feel in some ways the forgiveness of Christ that Christians have experienced are not properly reflected upon.

I thought to myself, if I was Mike Guglielmucci and I committed these things, it would be a pretty horrid time to be a Christian. I mean, all my brothers and sisters in Christ out there who are supposed to carry my burdens (Gal 6:1-3) are instead standing up to condemn me, to backstab me publicly (through the media), to make me feel that I’m the lowest scum on earth etc… My goodness, and we wonder why unbelievers don’t want to believe in Christ when they are seeing Christians going at each others throats.   

But I am glad to read the comments after the video, to see many Christians able to extend their forgiveness, prayers, understanding, compassion and kindness towards this man. He needs it. In fact, you and I need it. We don’t need people to tell us why we fall (they can do it at counselling), we don’t need people to laugh at us when we fall, we don’t need people to pity us when we fall. We need people to help us get up when we fall, to emphatise with us and be our strength in times of need to move on in life. 

Mark 4:23 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

John 8:7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”

2 Cor 2:5-11 If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you, to some extent—not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. The reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. 

Col 3:12-14 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Have a blessed day ahead. And time for some self-check.

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