Forgiveness begins at home
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Home is where children are discipled most and best. Home is where they learn to obey those who have authority over them, learn to listen, to share, and to serve. They learn manners and politeness. But home is also a place where adults can work on their Christian life skills. I have a theory that it is harder to live like a Christian in your home than out in the “world.” We can put up with unfair and disagreeable people... Read More
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Professional golfer Tiger Woods was serially unfaithful to his wife. Still, he draws crowds. Adrian Peterson beat his son. Fans hate what he did yet root for him to help his team win. Michael Vick found work again after time in jail for dog fighting. One commenter, referring to sports stars’ relationships with their fans, caught my attention with his insight: “In our society forgiveness is not for those who truly repent, it’s reserved for those who still have something... Read More
Freedom in forgiveness
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Genesis 32 sounds like the lead up to an epic battle scene in a dramatic war movie. Jacob’s fear is obvious as he prepares to reunite with his brother Esau for the first time in decades. I imagine his stomach had been churning for days. Family reunions aren’t that bad, are they? This one was. The last time these brothers had seen each other, Jacob had covertly stolen the blessing his father, Isaac, had reserved for the firstborn son, Esau.... Read More
The gift of forgiveness
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Do you spend a lot of time on your Christmas gift list? Sadly I am a procrastinator. Most of my purchases are made at big-box retailers where I can get ’er done in one afternoon. But the gifts I am proudest of are those I thought about and planned for way in advance, the one-of-a-kind presents I find at unique specialty shops or things I made by hand. In all the busyness of buying, making, giving, and receiving this month,... Read More
Forgiveness, not payback
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It’s hard to forgive. I know. I am still holding onto some old pain memories as though they were gold coins. But I know this, and I want you to know it too: refusing to forgive those who have hurt you will only make you emotionally (and maybe physically) sick. Refusal to forgive keeps you trapped in an anger prison. Refusal to forgive leads to a false sense of moral superiority. Refusal to forgive poisons and embitters your spirit. Refusal... Read More