The path of forgiveness versus the path of revenge


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Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The desire to strike back at and hurt those who have hurt us is an instinct of human beings with a long, violent, bloody and tragic history. It is the source of feuds between individuals, families and nations that often lies at the heart of much of the pain, violence and war the human race has endured since there have been human beings. The desire to strike back at, to hurt those who have hurt us is not the same as the instinct to defend yourself, your loved ones, your community, your country from attack. It is also not about justice, about the righting of wrongs, about seeing the guilty receive the punishment justly due them. No, the desire to hurt those who hurt us is all too often about revenge, about making the person who hurt us suffer as much if not more than they made us suffer. It is this desire for revenge that leads to even more suffering through an endless rounds of violence and cruelty that benefits no one and solves nothing. There is, however, another way, the way of forgiveness taught by Jesus Christ who called on his followers to love even their enemies as they love themselves. The path of forgiveness, of loving one another as Christ loves even the most unlovable among us, takes us off the path of revenge and endless violence and suffering. It opens us up to a new way of living, a way of living that can make the world a better place. Forgiveness does not absolve those who have wronged us of their responsibility for the wrong they have done because God holds us all accountable for the things we do in life. It does, however, enable those who forgive to purge themselves of the hatred that lies at the heart of the desire for revenge and offers those forgiven the opportunity to take stock of the attitudes and behavior that led them to do wrong and turn away from them. In other words, forgiveness can save the one who gives it and the one who receives it, especially if the one receiving it sees their need for it and allows it to change their life. When that happens, forgiveness can turn enemies into friends and hatred into love and allow the Prince of Peace to prevail over the demons of war.


Wednesday, Aug. 12

7 p.m.: Jeter Chapel AME Church holds revival. The Wednesday service will be at 7 p.m. and the speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Derrick Scott of St. Paul AMEC, Columbia. Rev. Anthony Washington, Pastor.

7 p.m.: New AME Zion Church, Sedalia Community, holds Revival Services and the speaker will be the Rev. Malachi Rodger, Galilee Baptist Church. All are invited to worship with us. Rev. Ronnie McCrorey, Pastor.

7 p.m.: Maple Ridge Baptist Church holds their Annual Revival Service. The Rev. Lee Byars of Shady Grove Baptist Church, Gaffney, will deliver the message at all services.

7 p.m.: Bethel Baptist Church, 904 Pea Ridge Highway, Jonesville, holds Revival services with Bishop Joseph K. Stringfellow, pastor of New Emanuel Missionary Church, Chester as the guest speaker.

Saturday, Aug. 15

Noon: The Bethesda Baptist Church will have its annual Family and Friends Fun Day. There will be a softball game in memory of Bro. David Smith. Come out for food, fun and fellowship. Please bring your lawn chairs because seating is limited.

Sunday, Aug. 16-Wednesday, Aug. 19

2 p.m. & 7:15 p.m.: Woodson Chapel Baptist Church will have their Annual Homecoming and Revival Homecoming will be Sunday at 2 p.m. and Pastor Sharome Gentry, Pastor of The Worship Center in Roebuck, will be the speaker. Revival will be held Monday-Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. Rev. Leon Wright, Pastor of Travelers Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Spartanburg, will be the revivalist. Public is invited. Rev. Robert E. Collins, Pastor.

5 p.m. & 7 p.m.: Chambertown Community Lighthouse, 413 South Mountain St., holds Revival Services. Sunday’s service will be 5 p.m. while the services Monday through Wednesday will be at 7 p.m. The theme will be “The Voice of God.”

We’re asking your choir, praise team/praise dancers to share with us on the day of your choice.

The Chambertown Community Lighthouse cordially invites you to fellowship with us during our 10th Church Anniversary and Revival. We’re looking forward to the fellowship. Bishop Trina Parham, Pastor.

Sunday, Aug. 16-Thursday, Aug. 20

10:15 a.m.: Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Laurens will hold Homecoming and revival services at 10:15 a.m. with church pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jefferson N. McDowell. Revival services will be held Monday-Thursday with the Rev. Dr. Clifford A. Jones, Sr., senior pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist church in Charlotte.

11:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m. & 6:45 p.m.: The Bethesda Baptist Church, Santuc Community, holds its Annual Revival Services beginning Sunday. Pastor Roderick Oglesby, Sr. will deliver the 11:15 a.m. message. Guest Speaker for the 2:30 p.m. service will be Rev. Elijah Sutton, Pastor of the Thomas Chapel AME Church, who will be accompanied by his church family. Nightly Services will be at 6:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Dr. Michael Bridges, Pastor of the Concord Baptist Church, Gaffney will deliver the message.

Saturday, Aug. 22

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Morningside Baptist holds its next infant care ministry give-away.

Saturday, Aug. 22-Sunday, Aug. 23

10 a.m.: Corinth Baptist Church holds a Community Prayer Service in the Sanctuary at 10 a.m. followed by a Hat and Rose Garden Tea Luncheon in the Fellowship Hall.

On Sunday at 10 a.m. the church will celebrate Women’s Day. The guest speaker will be Evangelist Elizabeth Chapman of Campbell Chapel Baptist Church of Grey Court. The theme will be “Is It The Role Of A Christian Woman To Take A Stand?”

Rev. J.A. Calhoun, Pastor.

Sunday, Aug. 30

2:30 p.m.: The Mitchell Chapel Christian Church Dance Praise Ministry would like to invite you to come celebrate our 5th Praise Dance Extravaganza.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
The desire to strike back at and hurt those who have hurt us is an instinct of human beings with a long, violent, bloody and tragic history. It is the source of feuds between individuals, families and nations that often lies at the heart of much of the pain, violence and war the human race has endured since there have been human beings. The desire to strike back at, to hurt those who have hurt us is not the same as the instinct to defend yourself, your loved ones, your community, your country from attack. It is also not about justice, about the righting of wrongs, about seeing the guilty receive the punishment justly due them. No, the desire to hurt those who hurt us is all too often about revenge, about making the person who hurt us suffer as much if not more than they made us suffer. It is this desire for revenge that leads to even more suffering through an endless rounds of violence and cruelty that benefits no one and solves nothing. There is, however, another way, the way of forgiveness taught by Jesus Christ who called on his followers to love even their enemies as they love themselves. The path of forgiveness, of loving one another as Christ loves even the most unlovable among us, takes us off the path of revenge and endless violence and suffering. It opens us up to a new way of living, a way of living that can make the world a better place. Forgiveness does not absolve those who have wronged us of their responsibility for the wrong they have done because God holds us all accountable for the things we do in life. It does, however, enable those who forgive to purge themselves of the hatred that lies at the heart of the desire for revenge and offers those forgiven the opportunity to take stock of the attitudes and behavior that led them to do wrong and turn away from them. In other words, forgiveness can save the one who gives it and the one who receives it, especially if the one receiving it sees their need for it and allows it to change their life. When that happens, forgiveness can turn enemies into friends and hatred into love and allow the Prince of Peace to prevail over the demons of war.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Forgiveness.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
The desire to strike back at and hurt those who have hurt us is an instinct of human beings with a long, violent, bloody and tragic history. It is the source of feuds between individuals, families and nations that often lies at the heart of much of the pain, violence and war the human race has endured since there have been human beings. The desire to strike back at, to hurt those who have hurt us is not the same as the instinct to defend yourself, your loved ones, your community, your country from attack. It is also not about justice, about the righting of wrongs, about seeing the guilty receive the punishment justly due them. No, the desire to hurt those who hurt us is all too often about revenge, about making the person who hurt us suffer as much if not more than they made us suffer. It is this desire for revenge that leads to even more suffering through an endless rounds of violence and cruelty that benefits no one and solves nothing. There is, however, another way, the way of forgiveness taught by Jesus Christ who called on his followers to love even their enemies as they love themselves. The path of forgiveness, of loving one another as Christ loves even the most unlovable among us, takes us off the path of revenge and endless violence and suffering. It opens us up to a new way of living, a way of living that can make the world a better place. Forgiveness does not absolve those who have wronged us of their responsibility for the wrong they have done because God holds us all accountable for the things we do in life. It does, however, enable those who forgive to purge themselves of the hatred that lies at the heart of the desire for revenge and offers those forgiven the opportunity to take stock of the attitudes and behavior that led them to do wrong and turn away from them. In other words, forgiveness can save the one who gives it and the one who receives it, especially if the one receiving it sees their need for it and allows it to change their life. When that happens, forgiveness can turn enemies into friends and hatred into love and allow the Prince of Peace to prevail over the demons of war.
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