By Wallace Chipeta
Christians must desist from holding on to grudges with people that aggrieved them, to foster peace in families and the society at large, Nkhoma CCAP Synod General Secretary Reverend Vasco Kachipapa advised Kapita CCAP congregants during the Easter.
Reverend Kachipapa was speaking during a three-day Easter Revival Crusade at Kapita CCAP, Area 18 in Lilongwe where he was one of the four guest speakers from Friday, April 19 to Sunday, April 21.
“If your inner man does not have the spirit of God, you can’t forgive others.You need to accommodate the spirit of God that helps us control our anger or hatred and forgive others easily like Jesus Christ did,” he said.
Quoting Mathew chapter 18 verves 21 and 22, he said, “Then came Peter to Him (Jesus), and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him, till seven times? Jesus said unto him, I say not unto you, until seven times, but until seventy times seven, (there must be unlimited forgiveness).”
“Some of us fail to forgive those who sin against us and the list is long within our families, communities and workplaces.
“We start recounting the previous mistreatments saying: it is not the first time s/he has done this, he first did this in 1989, then 1991, 2005 and so on. This is the fifth time. I am really fed up with this person!!” he said of what most people do.
However, Rev Kachipapa said forgiveness is a divine act.
“We need to forgive. We need to emulate Jesus and Stephen in the Bible who demonstrate having God’s spirit of forgiveness, love and peace. Don’t hold on to grudges. One who holds on to grudges lacks peace.
“After this sermon, if your hearts are really transformed, visit or phone those you have failed to forgive and tell them I have forgiven you! I want to start a new life,” the pastor advised the congregants amidst their handclapping approving of what he said.
Evangelist Emily Mwale said faith in God should not only be pronounced by word or prayer that comes from the believers’ mouth on the surface, but it should come from the transformed heart.
Theme for 2019 Easter Revival Crusade was: “Striving for inward transformation of the Heart” which was derived from Matthews 15 verse 8.
Verse 8 says, “These people draw near unto me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me (the definition of hypocrisy)”.
Easter is the annual festival when Christians, thus people who believe in Jesus Christ around the world, celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. They believe His resurrection is proof that He was really the Son of God and that He conquered death once and for all.