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        (06/23/2000) forgiveness is free but trust ...
Hello prayer warriors,

1. Prayer note: forgiveness is free, but trust ...

My pastor gave a very interesting quiz last Sunday.

Try this: Answer TRUE/FALSE
i. A person should not be forgiven until he asks for
ii. Forgiving includes ignoring the offence caused.
iii. Forgiveness includes restoring trust and
reuniting a relationship TRUE/FALSE
iv. You haven't really forgiven until you've forgotten
the offence TRUE/FALSE
v. It is my duty to forgive the offender that hurt
someone else TRUE/FALSE

Have you answered all of them yet? Answer them before
you continue reading.


The answer to all of the above should be FALSE. I'm
not going to rehearse his message, so I just want to
share on point iii above. We covered point iv in the
last prayer email.

Forgiveness is free but trust must be earned.
Sometimes we have people asking us whether they should
forgive the husband who physically abuse them. Yes,
they should forgive, but restoring the relationship
completely is another thing. Trust has to be rebuilt
over time.

For trust to be rebuilt, the person who has hurt you
has to fulfil three things:

i. There must be genuine repentance
[Matthew 18:15]
"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his
fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to
you, you have won your brother over. (NIV)

If he "listens" to you. If a man says he is sorry but
give excuses and try to minimize his sin by blaming
you, blaming others and circumstances, he is not
genuinely repenting .

ii. There must be restitution
[Luke 19:8]
But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look,
Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to
the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of
anything, I will pay back four times the amount."

The person has to understand the consequences of what
he or she has done and make restitution. He should
take steps to make amends for the wrong or the hurt
that he has done.

iii. There must be time to rebuilt trust
[Matthew 7:16,17]
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men
gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good
fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

It takes time for us to know whether there has been a
change in their lives. We shall know people by their
fruits. Action speaks louder than words and we can
only tell given time.

So, let us be wise. Forgiveness is free but trust must
be earned.

2. New prayer requests:
i. Pray for my son T.J. -- cheryl
I am a single mother of two. My son T.J. is almost 16
years old and the Holy Spirit is truly moving in him.
He is opening wounds in my sons heart so that they can
be healed. Wounds concerning the absence of his
father. Please pray that T.J. will allow the Holy
Spirit to heal and cleanse him. I know that he has a
calling on his life and I thank you for your prayers.

ii. Pray for my cousin -- dmw0608
Please pray for my cousin who is on drugs. Her name is
Barbara and she has been battling drugs now for 15
years. Monday she stole her parents truck and went to
a crack house. She has not been seen since. She has
spent time in jail and her parents are thinking about
sending her back. She has many evil spirits attacking
her. She has even said that she has seen satan and has
talked to her. Please pray for these demons to release
her in the name of Jesus! Also, she has a little boy
that her parents have been taking care of. They are
considering getting legal custody of him but want to
hear God's voice on what to do. They do not want to
get in the way of any work that he is doing. Please
pray for strength and encouragement for my aunt and
uncle. Their names are Al and Deanna. They love the
lord so much and I pray that he will give them a time
of rest and peace from the battles. thank you

iii. pray for my marriage -- dmw0608
Please pray for my marriage. My husband and I love the
lord and believe his hand is on our lives. We are
coming under heavy attack by the enemy and it can be
overwhelming. I worry that my faith is not strong
enough to ride through the swarming waters. There is a
great strain in our marriage and it seems like God is
so far away even though my spirit tells me he is near.
Please pray for God's guidance and pray that his
spirit will refresh us. thank you brothers and

iv. Pray for my wife and our marriage -- pooki
The enemy is trying to pull us apart. She's being
drawn into a rebellious lifestyle, and is discontented
with the change in my life. She's searching for
happiness in the things of the world, and feels that
my being a minister is hindering her from having fun
or being free to do what she wants. Thank you and God

3. Continue to pray for:
i. Pray for Roger's father -- waihun
It is quite distressing that after so many days,
Roger's father is still missing. Many teams of people
are on a manhunt for him but I just read the latest
update and Roger says that people have difficulty
recognizing him as old people generally look alike.

4. Number of prayer warriors: 263
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in Christ,
Friday, June 23, 2000 1:11:23 PM   waihun
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