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James R. Horne

Alabama State Overseer

P. O. Box 650

Bessemer, AL  35021

(423) 310-2702

jhorne79@outlook.com


The Church of God

General Headquarters

P. O. Box 450

Charleston, TN  37310

(423) 339-8624

General Website


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The Church of God, International Offices located in Cleveland, Tennessee, is the worldwide headquarters of The Church of God. Our vision and mission is to keep and guard the truth, to evangelize the whole world with the full Gospel, to gather God's sheep into one Body, and to strive for the perfection of the saints.

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A Message by our State Overseer:

Forgiveness, Established in Scripture

“Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses” (Matt. 18:23-35).

In this parable, a servant owed his master a large sum of money and he was brought into account for it. This servant begged his master for mercy and compassion was granted to him. After having received such great mercy, he immediately went out and found a fellow servant who owed him a small amount of money and he demanded it, refusing to hear the man’s pleas. When the master found out about it, he delivered the first man to the tormentors until he paid off the huge sum that he owed. Jesus gave real light to the parable when He said in verse 35, “So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.” Jesus said that as we forgive others, so we will be forgiven. We are told in Matthew 6: 14, 15: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Consider the personal application of this parable: God forbid that after our Lord and Master has extended great mercy in forgiving us when we were unworthy and unable to pay our debt then we would be unwilling to forgive fellow servants of much smaller trespasses.

Colossians 3:13 tells us the need of “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another…” It goes on to say that, “if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” The scripture further relates, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (1 John 4:20). How many times must we forgive?  “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven” (Matt. 18:21-22).

Let’s conclude with this thought on forgiveness, the Bible way: “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you” (Eph. 4:31-32).