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Topic: Truth or Dare (08/28/08)
TITLE: Acting in Haste
By Ivie Bozeman
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The truth is, John stated emphatically, “that man is a crook.”
“I dare you,” Frank said, “to go on the Internet, write down just what you have told me, and start it circulating.”
“I’ll do it,” said quick thinking John, as he begin punching the keys on his computer.
“That’s the way to go” said Frank. “Save the world from the rotten crook. We need to
protect the world from shady characters like him.”
The keyboard danced as John wrote page after page of all the bad things his friend had done in his life. Finished, he ran the spell check over his article, making sure all his grammar was up to standard, then loaded his Friends list into the slot “to forward “and pressed the “send” button.
John’s wife walked into the room as he rose from the computer. Proud of what he’d done, he informed her of his actions. She looked stricken.
“John, tell me you didn’t do that.” she pleaded.
“I did and I’m proud of it. That will teach the crook a lesson, “replied John.
“Remember at church last week, we talked about character assassination? You have just destroyed his character.” she said.
“It’s his fault”, said John. “He shouldn’t have done it.”
“You shouldn’t have done what you did either. Two wrongs don’t make a right. The worst thing one man can do to another, is to ruin his good name.”
“He didn’t have a good name. He had already ruined it.” responded John.
At church on Sunday, the pastor addressed the church. Brethren, we have a brother among us who asks for prayer today, but before we pray, he wants to confess and ask forgiveness for his shortcomings.
Tom Grover rose and addressed the audience. “Fellow Christians, I have sinned. I have taken money from my employer’s company to help my son who has been involved in drug charges. I tried to cover up his problems and keep him from serving time in jail, embarrassing him, myself and our family. I know now that what I did was wrong. I acted in haste to save our family reputation. I was as bad as my son. I took money that was not mine. I destroyed my character. The example I set for my family was much worse than anything my son had done. I’ve told my son this and he understands. I’ve forgiven him and he’s forgiven me. Fellow Christians, I plead with you to pray for God’s forgiveness and I ask you to forgive me.
The prayers were said, but still Tom Grover did not seem to be satisfied.
“Friends, I can not find closure here until I’ve asked for forgiveness for my friend who tried to destroy my character. To hate him for his deed is as great a sin as my stealing from him.”
The words hit John like a sword cutting across his heart. This man whom he had wronged was offering to forgive him.
John rose from his pew and came forward. “I am sorry. I need to ask your forgiveness. I acted in haste, just as you did in your circumstances. Please accept my forgiveness as I forgive yours. What I have done to you is as great a sin as what you have done.”
.There was not a dry eye in the church that day as the minister preached on the subject: Think before Taking Action.
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