Forgiveness is a massive subject and takes us a lifetime, and more, to learn.

Last weekend Andrew Gardner spoke about the part in the Lord’s Prayer which says: Forgive us our sins

Ever since that day I’ve had a picture in my mind of a pair of hands clasped together trying to contain a snake. It’s not a very big snake, but it’s the small snakes that are the most poisonous and have the worst bites. The small ones are the most deadly.

The hands are holding on to the snake in the hope that one day they will be able to throw the snake back at the person who gave it to them.

While it’s vital for us to receive God’s forgiveness, the Lord’s Prayer goes on:

and forgive us our sins,
    as we have forgiven those who sin against us.

Matthew 6:12

Forgiving others isn’t just a duty, it’s vital for our health. Holding on to bitterness is like holding on to the snake, we think that we will be able to use that bitterness to get back at the one who hurt us, but the reality is, all we are doing is hurting ourselves.

There’s still time to get involved in catching the wave, it’s not too late to get started. If you want a book there’s still some available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church. There’s also an option to get the daily prayer thoughts delivered to your email via our friends at trypraying via this link. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be subscribed to the list once you’ve verified who you are by clicking on a link in the email they send you.

These 40 days of prayer are part of our Focus on 40 as we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary as a community this next weekend. We don’t want to just be looking back on the 40 years that have already been, we want to be looking forward to the next generation and all that God has planned.