Posted by: DCox | November 1, 2009

Forgiving the Church

From HenriNouwen.org Daily Meditation for 10/27/09


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When we have been wounded by the Church, our temptation is to reject it. But when we reject the Church it becomes very hard for us to keep in touch with the living Christ. When we say, “I love Jesus, but I hate the Church,” we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too. The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the Church seldom asks us for forgiveness, at least not officially. But the Church as an often fallible human organization needs our forgiveness, while the Church as the living Christ among us continues to offer us forgiveness.

It is important to think about the Church not as “over there” but as a community of struggling, weak people of whom we are part and in whom we meet our Lord and Redeemer.

I can acknowledge that I’m a struggling, weak person, experiencing the poverty of broken relationships. How can we not forgive the church when it is made up of others that share the same fallenenss? Yet, there is a difference between forgiving and feeling that the Church is a safe place. If we don’t acknowledge our true state and then offer each other grace, the grace and mercy that God has provided, then the Church is not a true community of believers – instead it may be little more than any other human institution.

Do you experience church as a safe place?

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  1. Great article~ agree 100%….no, too superficial and lack of authenticity.


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