Can You Forgive?

Roland C. Warren
2019-04-14

Jerry,

I can't believe it's already Palm Sunday. Today, we remember Christ's entry to Jerusalem. He didn't come riding a white stallion and leading a heavenly army, ready to slay the wicked.

He came lowly and meekly, riding on a donkey.

While His people rejected Him and sin was rampant, Christ refused to enter with judgement. Instead, he entered offering grace and forgiveness. Indeed, in a few days we will reflect on His words "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."

Today's reading from the 40-day devotional Prayers for Life, reminds us that we can't know the hearts of those we meet and that premature judgement can prevent us, and others, from experiencing God's transformation. I think it is a very appropriate reading for us on this special Palm Sunday.

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What We Lose When We Judge Others
by Gina M. Kennedy

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.” Matthew 7:1-2 (NLT)

Shortly after I became an executive director at our pregnancy center, a man walked in and hesitantly announced that the Lord told him to come and volunteer. He had heard one of our speakers and felt the Lord was calling him.

As this man and I began talking and touring the center, he poured out his story, talking so fast he fumbled over his words. Many years ago, he had been a part of three abortions - one at 22 weeks. After years of being haunted by this and going down dark roads because of it, he was rescued by Christ.

I gave the man an application and he left. One of my staff said, “You aren’t seriously going to let him volunteer here, are you?” I answered, “Let’s see if he returns the application.” A few days later, he did. He completed training and began working in the center.

Today, almost six years later, Dan still volunteers as our men’s ministry coordinator. He has transformed a struggling program and changed the lives of many men, including other male counselors. He has a natural gift for working with clients and no one can get them to do a Bible study like Dan can!

Sometimes our ministry is not only to our clients, but to those who come to work in our center. God allowed Dan to find healing by serving in this ministry and helping others avoid his mistakes.

Don’t ever allow a first impression to sway you. Find out what is underneath. Dan is proof that we should not turn someone away because of their past. Like Paul, God can use those who’ve committed grave sins to advance His kingdom.

When we judge others, we miss the opportunity to be part of God’s transformation in their lives.

Prayer:

Dear God, please show me the “Dans” in my life. Help me see them with Your eyes and have Your heart of compassion. May I be part of your plans to transform and redeem the lost.

Amen.

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It is so easy in our culture to rush to judgement. May Gina's testimony inspire us this Holy Week as we pray for God to help us see the needy the way Christ sees them.

God Bless,

Roland

Roland C. Warren
President & CEO
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