In my 28 years of being a pastor I have found a constant reality: I let down people. I fall short. I say things or do things that disappoint, that hurt. Or I fail to meet expectations by not saying or doing what someone believes I should say or do. The vast majority of the time, this reality is unintentional, meaning I do not intend to let people down or hurt them. But the real2014-06-17 09.06.29ity is still the reality: I let people down. I did it this week. I did not know that I had done it. I did not intend to do it. But the reality is this: I hurt someone with my words. Relationships with people come with pain and disappointment, including relationships within Jesus’ Church. But relationships also come with joy. Our joy, in the midst of the reality of disappointing people, comes in a person, the person of Jesus. In Him we find forgiveness. In Him we find it possible to forgive each other. Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (NASB).

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