Pastor's Pen by Cliff Henry

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Ephesians 4:32


A Methodist pastor by the name of Charles Allen, in his book, “The Miracle of Love,” wrote about a personal experience of his which took place during the fourth grade. Allen’s father had a falling out with the school superintendent, by his account, which led to the superintendent’s mistreatment of him.

The Allen’s moved from that area and many years went by. Charles Allen entered the pastorate. Allen was at his first church when news came to him that his former school superintendent was seeking a position in his area. Allen’s heart was hardened towards this man who he felt definitely mistreated him for many years previous. He decided he would go to the school and inform them as to the type of man they would be considering for the position. He felt strongly that after his testimony the man would be denied the position. 

As he walked out of his house to get into his car to go see the board members, he was stricken with the realization of his ungodly spirit. He thought of Christ’s example on the cross towards those who had placed Him there — forgiveness!

He got out of his car and went back into his house. He knelt beside his bed and prayed for God to forgive him and not allow him to have that type of spirit towards others in the future.

It isn’t an easy or natural act to forgive those who have done us wrong, but it is the right thing to do. Why? because the Word of God commands it of us! Unless we forgive, we cannot be forgiven.

Jesus said in Mark 11:26. It is a great blessing to be forgiven a wrong by others and an even greater blessing to be the one who forgives.

Think about it?

Cliff Henry is the pastor of Greenland Baptist Church. He can be reached at​