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Special Chapel Features T.D. Jakes

By Amanda Morad

March 27, 2012

Communication & the Arts students and staff with Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Communication & the Arts students and staff with Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Bishop T.D. Jakes paid a visit to Regent University's campus on Thursday, March 22, for a special joint chapel of Regent and the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). Kicking off a 30-city speaking tour, Jakes spoke from his newest book, Let It Go, about the power of forgiveness.

"I don't believe Christ died on the cross to create a veneer of spirituality; He is far more concerned about a more intrinsic experience with Him that is life changing and creates a metamorphosis of the soul," Jakes said.

He took the audience to the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. "Of all the things the Ancient of Days could have declared unto us, he chose to speak to us about what it takes to have a blessed attitude; the attitude of champions," Jakes explained.

Jakes focused on the three beatitudes he said "get to the heart of the matter" of forgiveness through mercy and peace: "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

Regarding the first of the three, Jakes suggested that "God says, 'I will give mercy to you when I can give mercy through you.'" He also explained that mercy isn't for the innocent. "Anyone can love the pure, but mercy is for the guilty."

In his book, Jakes talks about being merciful to others, even when their conduct doesn't warrant it. "Can you see the very worst in someone and still think the very best?" he asked.

The second beatitude Jakes addressed was for the pure in heart. "[Jesus is] correlating outer vision with inner purity," he said, suggesting that pure hearts are those who have submitted to a catharsisa perpetual cleansing process that includes forgiving others for suffered wrongs. "If I allow what you did to me to get in my heart, and I do not let it go, my eyes will grow dim and ... I will be out of service [to God]," he said.

Let it Go talks about "little contaminants"offenses, bitterness, jealousy, disappointments, etc.that slowly creep into the heart, blocking its spiritual functionality just as plaque does a physical heart. "If you're not seeing, maybe it's the little things that you have not let go that are stopping you from seeing your purpose, your place and your position in the Kingdom of God," Jakes warned.

Lastly, Jakes talked about the importance of being a peacemaker. "Once you get your heart right [God] wants you to be an agent of peace," he said.

In closing, Jakes reminded the audience that destiny and purpose are directly tied to relationships with people. "If the enemy can't stop your vertical connection [with God] ... he will do all he can to disrupt your horizontal connection [with people]."

Jakes closed the service in prayer as the entire theater joined hands in agreement to "let it go."

Watch the full recording of Jakes' message on CBN.com.

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