For Jesus, what is his heavenly Father’s will? The answer is revealed in Matthew 6:11-12. I believe it is the purpose of the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus is asking his father to forgive us our debts or sins, as we also forgive those who sin against us. What Jesus taught in the Lord’s Prayer (The Our Father) is about asking God for forgiveness and helping us to forgive others who hurt us. Forgiveness is central in our Christian faith. It is the core of what we are to do, and it is the reason God sent Jesus to earth. It’s the Good News; and God’s will for us is to forgive others who sin against us, and to teach others to do likewise. This brings true reconciliation into the world.
Question: “Is it easier to receive grace than it is to offer grace to those who don’t like us?”
This question represents the crux of this life-changing movie. The movie: The Grace Card (2011) is a powerful movie that personally touched me in a big way. The movie is about two police officers, one whom is also a part-time Nazarene pastor who is challenged by his partner’s dislike of him. They both learn about grace and forgiveness–big time.
Okay, I admit a few tears flowed near the end (and I don’t cry easily). Talking about offering forgiveness to someone you don’t like is easier said than done. When it comes down to actually forgiving others, it’s a different story. As I watched this movie, I was challenged and reminded about the power of God’s forgiveness working in the lives of Christian believers. The film did this in a very powerful way for me recently. I was reminded that, rather than justice, it is forgiveness that brings healing to broken hearts in our world. It will definitely inspire viewers to depend upon the power of God who strengthens us. It will also inspire us to offer others the gift of forgiveness to those who do not necessarily love or like us. What an awesome example of what grace can do!
It came out in theaters back in February 2011 and is now available on DVD starting August 16, 2011. It’s a well-made quality movie. Go get it and show it in church, your youth group, or just watch it at home. Available at: Christianbook.com, Outreach.com or at your local Christian bookstore.