46664… PRISONER 46664…
1 Corinthians 4:12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
There are times it seems our hurt and wounds are our testing zones and we are put on display for others to mock. It is like the spectacle at the end of a victor’s parade. We are condemned to be treated like everybody’s trash. WOUNDED AND HURT.
In 1962, Prisoner 46664, Nelson Mandela was arrested and placed in prison. He served 27 years in 3 different prisons. His first 18 years was in the BRUTAL Robben Island Prison. He was locked up in a cell with no bed and no plumbing, 7 FEET BY 7 FEET... He was allowed one letter every 6 months. Once a year Mandela was allowed one visit for 30 minutes. Mandela was finally released in 1990 after 27 years.
Mandela was all about ATTITUDES and WORDS. Once Mandela was speaking of his 27 years in prison. He said: “I WENT FOR A LONG HOLIDAY FOR 27 YEARS.” Nelson wrote an autobiography
“ THE LONG WALK TO FREEDOM. ”
NELSON BECAME ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS PRISONERS. WHEN NELSON MANDELA WAS LEAVING PRISON CONFINEMENT AFTER 27 YEARS HE SPOKE SOME WORDS TO WHICH WE NEED TO LISTEN:
Wounds that can’t be seen are more painful than those that can be seen and cured by a doctor.
“ As I stand before the door of my freedom, I realize that if I do not leave my pain, hurt, anger and bitterness behind me I will still be in prison.”
In 1993 Mandela was awarded the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. IN 1994 MANDELA WAS ELECTED THE PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA.
Forgiveness does not make you weak, it sets you free…
Related Sermon Illustrations
Contributed by Troy Borst on Oct 13, 2005
In looking at being prepared, I came across b-prepared.com on the internet. They offer several items to help you be more prepared. Some of the items seem like they would help and other items I really have a question about. For your automobile, they have (among other products) a charger that ...read more
Contributed by Vernon Price on Apr 12, 2012
. WHEN WE DRINK FROM THE WORLD, WE ALWAYS THIRST AGAIN A. Temporary satisfaction is the norm - We live in a world full of temporary things! (groceries) - Temporary doesn't mean "bad" (Jesus gets tired, thirsty, hungry; vv.6-8) - The world offer