Pastor's Message

Forgiveness and reconciliation

Rev Chua Ooi Suah

To align with the theme of Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church this year, the pastoral staff used the book “The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love” as our text for spiritual growth. After reading the book, each person will share their experiences and attempt to put into practice what they have learned.

The theme for the recent sharing session among pastoral staff was "A Harmonious Community". Although we have heard the principle of "reconciliation" many times, but listening to actual testimony of reconciliation is still very touching and is a good experience. On that day, a co-worker shared sincerely about a personal experience related to reconciliation with the family. It was revealed that if we are not able to forgive the fault of the other party, we are the ones who will end up suffering. The willingness to forgive each other has to power to release us from ill feelings and sets us free.

I recently read an article entitled "You can’t let you emotions make you sick" (title is translated from Chinese). In the article, "mood diseases" include: suffocation, jealousy, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, madness, and self-destruction. . . Generally, illness starts from the mouth. Ill feelings are built up when the heart is unable to let go and unable to forgive.

Forgiveness and reconciliation are the recipes for making the heart healthy. However, on our own, we do not have the ability to forgive people. Instead, we have to first experience the forgiveness of God through Christ. This forgiveness through the love of Christ should prompt us to be more tolerant to others and to live harmoniously with others.