It’s not often I get put on the front page of a newspaper. I still feel uneasy about the time I did.
Our church office in Tamworth had been burgled, for the fourth time in a month. I spent a Friday night cleaning up the glass and blood where the offender had smashed their way in.
When the media reporters came, they all asked: ‘Would you forgive the person who did this?’
‘Of course,’ was my immediate answer. Funnily, my sermon that weekend was on the Good Samaritan, so I was quicker to compassion than usual!!!
But the front page of the newspaper read:
‘I forgive you! Says Tamworth Anglican minister’
Is that true? Can I forgive someone who hasn’t repented for their wrongdoing? Can I forgive someone I don’t even know?
…or was I just willing to offer forgiveness?
I’m looking forward to exploring the place of repentance in forgiveness today from God’s Word.
In Christ, Tory Cayzer.