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Forgiveness for the editorial of July 2016

Forgiveness for the editorial of July 2016

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This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly. ‘Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.’ When their message came to him, Joseph wept”. Genesis 50:17 How many among us were treated like Joseph? How many among us went through the difficulties Joseph experienced? But even knowing everything Joseph endured, his father asked him to forgive. The letter does not say that the father forced his other children to say sorry to Joseph. When Joseph saw the words of his dead father, he wept and “reassured” his siblings telling them “don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children”.   We are not called to forgive persons who caress us but those who have hurt us. Th...
Sara’s Confession

Sara’s Confession

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What do you do when you have a problem you need solving? I will admit that sometimes I’ll go to Google for answers to some of my concerns. I will type in my question in that little rectangle, add ‘Christian’ on the end for good measure and hope to find an answer. Admittedly, this can be very dangerous and sometimes – but this is normal with most questions asked, even when we ask people instead of search engines – I only end up with more unanswered questions. So my latest issue concerned a couple of people who I was really struggling to forgive. The problem is that I don’t really know these people and when I searched for what I thought was a common problem; I found the opposite seemed to be true for the rest of the internet universe. You see I found it really difficult to forgive someone I...
Ubuntu as forgiveness inspiration

Ubuntu as forgiveness inspiration

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If you are computer literate and used to computer operating systems, surely you have already encountered or heard about Ubuntu, a free, open-source operating system. That’s certainly not the meaning we would like to address in this magazine, even if we are confident that the name of the computer operating system is inspired by the South African concept Ubuntu from the Bantu language. As we devote this month’s topic to ‘forgiveness’, it is important to know already from the beginning, that we think with a deep conviction that forgiveness is not an empty philosophical concept or an unachievable ideal. On the contrary, it is even achievable daily.  The Bible tells us that it is possible and it is a paramount criterion for those willing to have a better relationship with God. In Luke 17 Je...