Friday, December 25, 2009

Let's have a Forgiving Christmas.........

Let me share this story with you, one story that i heard 18 years ago in one of the sermons and it still lingers in my memory bank after all these years, so it goes...............

There is this senior pastor in Malawi,who suddenly dies from heart attack at the age of 48, the whole church is saddened by his death, a grand funeral is arranged by the congregation, his body lies there with all pomposity and all its grandeur.

Few hours before his burial, the entire congregation who has converged that suddenly witness a miracle taking place, a miracle that they could only hear from the Bible, this senior pastor suddenly is risen from the death and he comes back to life.

Everyone is in awe of the miracle,so everyone rushes to this senior pastor to hear the first hand account from this senior pastor so he is asked of this question, " dear our beloved pastor, did you see heaven, how it is like being there?"

With tears rolling down, the senior pastor begins to share his experience of death and of heaven, he says, " I knew i was going to meet the Maker,and on the way i was stopped by two guardian angels at the gate before entering into heaven, i could see heaven not so far away from me, but i was told by the angels that i did not belong there. I was angry with god, and i told the angels how could this be, i have done all the good deeds, bringing so many people to Christ, why cant i be in Heaven."

Then the angels say," you cant enter heaven despite all the good deeds you have done, simply because there is still some hatred, some unforgiveness in you that you are not willing to forego and Heaven has no place for such kind of person, and you know very well what your unforgiveness is all about,"

The story is kind of long, but i hope the gist of this story is hereby understood by you and me, so Christmas is nigh, let us learn to let go of our bitterness, the hatred and resentment towards those that we harbor all these ill feeling.

May be just like you, i have my share of these same kind of feelings, but i know the good Lord is saying," for i have forgiven you, why cant you therefore forgive your trangressors"

You hate those who stab on your back, you despise those who have never repay the good things you have done for them, you loathe those who have suddenly severed the ties of friendship with you and many many more.

Let us learn to forgive, i know it is hard but harbouring the hatred is even harder,you agree with me?

Merry Christmas everyone, i am happy for those blogger friends i have made in 2009, and i am even more greatful to those who have stayed with me since i started blogging, i appreciate you all and sincerely I LOVE YOU guys.

FAMILY FIRST NO MATTER WHAT

P/S : I've always liked this Malay saying. " Maaf, Zahir dan Batin"

30 comments:

  1. Understood. Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and family too :)

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  2. Understood-ed too.. thanks for the reminder... i need to forgive and be forgiven too..
    Sorry for anything that was unintentionally acted on my behalf.. and...
    Sinn Tarn Fai Lok to U and Your Family Too!

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  3. Yes Christmas is time to forgive & forget.

    We have 2 hands, one is to received and the other one is to give.

    Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

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  4. merry christmas to you & your family! :)

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  5. yeah i agree...if only everyone can always remember how to forgive and forget :)

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  6. merry christmas bro...

    not really gonna be 'merry' for me this year as there are some family issues around...but hopefully this christmas will bring us closer, than breaking us apart.

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  7. Yeah, that is true. and let us give love everyday.. Merry christmas, you are on the people who i love the most in this blog world.

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  8. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  9. Point taken :-)

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  10. OK...I forgive you for not visiting my blog ALL the time...and yet I see you commenting in the ladies' blogs! Hohohohohohoh!!!! Have a Blessed Christmas and kiss your missus and the boys for me! Greetings from Melissa too!

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  11. Merry Christmas brother!! wishing you and your wife lovey dovey always, and the 2 boys enjoy this celebration before the school reopens! Cheers!! More drinks tonight!!

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  12. blessed christmas to you & your family!

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  13. Wishing u & family Merry Xmas.

    If Ihave done wrong or said any wrong stuff...pls forgive ya ;p

    Have a great holiday ahead.

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  14. taiko..

    merry xmas n happy new year

    wishing u all the best and byk untung hehe

    lankapo

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  15. merry christmas, eugene and your lovely missus and your two great boys!
    all the best to 2010 too!

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  16. Merry Christmas and a truly HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  17. Thanks for sharing this post !! Merry Christmas to u and ur family !!

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  18. Merry Christmas to u and family!

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  19. I alwiz tell myslef "forgive but not forget". Not forgetting is due to the lessons to be learnt from all bitter memories which gives rise to more awareness. :)

    Have a Blessed Christmas ya. May peace be with you and your loved-ones! ^_^
    +Ant+

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  20. Merry X'mas to u and your family too, Eugene!

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  21. I've patched up with my friend today. It's a good feeling.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Love you.

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  22. @Cikgu... he buaya around ahh? LMAO...

    @Eugene... i find it very hard for me to forgive those who had betrayed my trust. I don't know why. But, by forgiving, it will mean that I am also letting go of the bad things in the past, right? I will try to learn to forgive... from now on.

    ps: I have to learn how to forgive myself first before I forgive others. There are so much resentments in my heart at the moment.

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  23. Merry Christmas Eugene. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas. To forgive is difficult, but it is not impossible.

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  24. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family! Have a wonderful new year too!

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  25. A timely reminder but I hope I dont' need Christmas to remind myself to be more forgiving ..
    Merry Christmas to you, your boyz n your wife .. :)

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  27. that is so very hard for me and one that i will really have to struggle to really accomplish. thanks for this post bro, it reminds me of the hurts that i still carry to this day. i just pray that our good Lord will cleanse me and help me get rid of these... nice post bro. ciao!!!

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  28. that is so very hard for me and one that i will really have to struggle to really accomplish. thanks for this post bro, it reminds me of the hurts that i still carry to this day. i just pray that our good Lord will cleanse me and help me get rid of these... nice post bro. ciao!!!

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