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Forgiveness #4—Heavenly Warning

My heavenly Father will make every one of you pay your debts to him if you do not forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart. Matthew 18:35 The old saying goes, “You always hurt the one you love.” Scripture consistently confirms this truth. As God establishes the Israelite community he commands: “You shall not … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … about Grace and Reconciliation, Part 2

Last week we determined that grace is the action that originates in the joy of one person in order to create a corresponding joy in another. God is rich in grace because he is rich in joy. We can be rich in grace because of our joy in God. Probably the clearest biblical example of … Continue reading

Civility #5—Imitation Civility

When Christ suffered for you, he left you an example to follow: … When he was maligned, he did not respond with a curse; when he suffered, he threatened no retaliation, but placed his future in the hands of God, who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:21–23 How did he do it? How did Jesus resist … Continue reading

Patience #4—Hopeful Patience

Be longsuffering; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, that you yourselves may not be judged. … Those who spoke in the Lord’s name are an example of patience and longsuffering. Behold, we count those fortunate who endured. James 5:8–11 If we had … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … Faith to Forgive

How easy it is to let anger, bitterness, and hatred rise in our hearts when we think we have been unjustly treated! Not only do we shape our sense of right and wrong to justify the ways we behave toward others; we also shape it to condemn the behavior of others who hurt us. Then, … Continue reading

Peace #3—Meek Peace

Refrain from anger; abandon rage! Do not fret for this only leads to trouble! … The meek who rely on Yahweh are the ones who will possess the land and enjoy abundant peace. Psalm 37:8–11 Moses was a model of meekness; the meekest person in the land, someone said. To achieve this status he had … Continue reading

Speech #2—Wisdom and Justice

In James’ letter to the churches, he warns us that the tongue is a restless evil, full of deadly poison, and that unless we get control of it, we will not be of much value in the Kingdom of Christ. Almost every list of sins in the New Testament contains at least one reference to … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … Source of Love

When reading “Points to Ponder” in a recent Reader’s Digest, I was particularly struck by the answer Dr. Thomas P. Malone, of the Atlantic Psychiatric clinic, gave to the question of what psychiatry is all about. The root of the cause of almost every emotional problem, he says, is someone’s crying out for love. A … Continue reading

God’s Awareness #6 – Weighty Vision

He reigns powerfully forever; his eyes keep watch on the nations. The rebellious should not exalt themselves. Psalm 66:7 We are not the first to wonder if the bad guys “get away with it.” The prophet Habakkuk cried out “How long must we wait for your salvation?!” One psalmist despaired that the wicked continued to … Continue reading

Abundance #7 — Just Abundance

To everyone who has shall more be given. So he shall have an abundance. But from the one who does not have, even what he has shall be taken away. Matthew 25:29 While the tares grow in the field among the wheat; while the wicked prosper alongside the righteous; while the rain falls on the … Continue reading