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The Sweetest Words on Human Lips! (3 of 10)
Series: How to Get Along With the Family!
Steve N. Wagers
1. In November 1940, the German Luftwaffe bombed the city of Coventry, England. Hit by an incendiary device, Coventry Cathedral burned along with the rest of the city. Shortly afterwards, according to an official history, a stone mason noticed that "two of the charred medieval roof timbers had fallen in the shape of a cross." He set them up in the ruins where they were later placed on an altar of rubble with the moving words 'Father Forgive Them' inscribed on the sanctuary wall.
2. Coventry Cathedral was rebuilt with the new structure adjacent to the ruins of the old. Visiting the site is an impressing lesson in forgiveness, and today the church pursues a special worldwide ministry of healing and reconciliation. The Church chose as its symbol the famous "Cross of Nails," fashioned of several medieval nails from the original cathedral, understanding the Cross is the foundation for all true, Biblical forgiveness. 1
3. In Ephesians 4: 32, we find included the sweetest words on human lips. It is words that have fallen upon our ears like the fresh dew of a spring morning; and, it is words that, like the chandelier of a diamond, can melt the heart of stone. The sweetest words on human lips are the words, "I Forgive!" Mark Twain once said:
"Forgiveness is a language which the deaf can hear, and the blind can see!"
4. I recently came across a British Christian radio station web site at which visitors can confess their sins. First, people read Scriptures about what sin is, its consequences and how to repent. Next, they type in their confession, or they may choose a pre-prepared confessional statement. These personal confessions are confidential and are completely erased from memory as soon as visitors proceed to the next step. At the end, there are more Bible readings, an opportunity for reflection and a final prayer. The site h ...
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