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Please Forgive Your Pastor!

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Please Forgive Your Pastor!

(Written on behalf of your Pastor.)

By Martyn Ballestero Sr.

In the spirit of humility and with great carefulness, I am asking for your forgiveness. My heart is heavy.

Knowing that I have hurt you with words that I have said and things that I have done, I sincerely apologize and I ask that you Please Forgive Your Pastor!

It is a tool of Satan to bring division into the Body of Christ. He knows that will stop revival. I am grieved to know that I am included in his plan and have become part of the problem.

We are all aware that it is the plan of our soul’s enemy to destroy our church. Pledge with me before God not to let this happen. Please Forgive Your Pastor!

Knowing bitterness will destroy us, defile us and divide us. Please Forgive Your Pastor!

  • I love you dearly.
  • I care how you feel.
  • I need you.
  • This church needs you.
  • God needs you.
  • I forgive you.

Please Forgive Your Pastor!

I pray that all may see that my mistakes have been made from my head and not from my heart.

I know that some decisions I have made have not been popular and no doubt have brought pain.

I also know that you might feel that I must hate you by the way I preach or because of my sermon’s comments.

I could never apologize for preaching truth, but I can and should apologize for using a bad or wrong spirit in the process. Please Forgive Your Pastor!

The most important relationship in the Family of God is that of Pastor and Saint, Shepherd and the Sheep. I am striving to protect that and to bring the Peace of God into all of our hearts.

I do not wish to be a lord of God’s heritage, or to bring injury. My duty is to look well to know the state of the flock. I have, and feel God has directed me to come to you.

I take responsibility for my:

  • Choices
  • Decisions
  • Comments

Whether some think less or more of me for publically apologizing, I ask forgiveness.

I do not want God to put a millstone around my neck for bringing offence to one of His children.

Please Forgive Your Pastor!

  • This is not my church.
  • This is not your church.
  • This is God’s church.

Satan rejoices at our discomfort today.

Hell is pleased beyond words.

There is no problem worth us going to hell over. Please Forgive Your Pastor!

I ask forgiveness because I love you and I see I’ve hurt you.

I ask forgiveness because God put you in my care and I do not wish to anger God.

I ask forgiveness because:

  • I need you
  • I need your help.
  • I need your support.
  • I need your prayers.
  • I need your friendship.
  • I need your fellowship.
  • I need your loyalty.
  • I give you mine.

Please Forgive Your Pastor!

We desperately need revival in our church. Revival only seems to come when there is hunger and unity for the same thing. (It did on the day of Pentecost.)

But Unity does not happen unless there is forgiveness and the overlooking of personality differences for the sake of souls.

I am willing to humble myself to please God. I am asking you to join me.

I am willing to admit my mistakes and apologize. I am asking you to join me.

I am willing to admit my need for God’s guidance and correction. I am asking you to join me.

I am willing to do whatever it takes to:

  • Keep the spirit of unity alive.
  • Keep the spirit of worship alive.
  • Keep the spirit of prayer alive.
  • Keep the spirit of revival alive.
  • Keep the spirit of brotherly love alive. I am asking you to join me.

Please Forgive Your Pastor!

Knowing that offences will come, I pray for strength.

Knowing that offences have come, I plead the blood.

Knowing that offences will destroy us, Please Forgive Your Pastor!

Join me in prayer.

Your leaving or my leaving does not solve the problem in eternity.

God’s only solution is forgiveness.

Unforgiveness endangers our eternal future.

  • The fear of the Lord requires me to check my spirit.
  • The fear of the Lord requires me to censor my words.
  • The fear of the Lord requires me to watch my attitude.

That brotherly love may continue.

And, that brotherly love may continue, God also requires me to come to you if I know that you have ought in your heart against me. Only after I make things right with you will He hear my prayer.

I’m very sorry.

Please Forgive Your Pastor!

Join me now in putting yesterday behind us, experiencing God’s richest blessings today and in reaching for the things that are before us.

Please Forgive Your Pastor!

Thank You!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

September 16, 2010 at 11:51 am

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  1. Wow. We need more humble pastors like you!

    Lani Ellingsworth

    September 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    • Well said! We are all human, and all of us makes mistakes some time or other!

      Nila Marxer

      September 17, 2010 at 11:28 am

  2. Just found this Elder. Thanks for the substantial contributions you are making to the work of God in this generation.

    James Townley

    September 21, 2010 at 12:20 am

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