Posts Tagged ‘Forgiveness


Show Love

Christianity all boils down to love. At least, it should. On the night before Jesus died, He gave His disciples a new command – love one another. The kind of love that Jesus’ followers are to have for one another is unconditional, unselfish and unlimited. He said that the whole world would know that we are His followers by our love for one another. Peter took this to heart because he wrote in 1 Peter 4:8 (NLT):

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

There are two things I notice about this verse. First, Peter says that showing love for each other is the most important thing. It isn’t our doctrine. It’s not our buildings nor our budgets. It’s not our political leanings. It is how we show love.
Second, Peter says that love covers over a multitude of sins. God’s love covers our sins and our love can cover the sins committed against us by others. In other words, love forgives. Without love, we cannot forgive.
As followers of Jesus, we need to learn how to show love to one another. It has to be more than lip service. Our love must come from a heart that is transformed by God’s love.


He Carried Our Sins

Jesus went to the cross and suffered and died as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He not only carried the cross, but Peter says that He actually carried our sins. He wrote in 1 Peter 2:24 (NLT):

He personally carried our sins
in his body on the cross
so that we can be dead to sin
and live for what is right.
By his wounds
you are healed.

Sin no longer has mastery over us. We don’t have to be slaves to sin any more. Will we still sin? Yes we will. Will God still forgive us? Yes He will. We may think that we are powerless against temptation and sin. That’s not true! God gives us the power to resist the temptation to do the wrong things and to do the right things instead. Jesus carried all of our sins to the cross and when He died, so did our sins. We have been healed and made whole by the scars in His hands and feet. He conquered sin and the grave to free us from sin’s power and the power of the grave. Live in that power today!


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When Anger Gets Out Of Hand

When it comes to anger, situations between us can escalate quickly. Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, speaks to this. Imagine two parties where things have gotten so bad that one is suing the other. Jesus said:

Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. – Matthew 5:25-26 (NIV)

The principle Jesus is telling us to follow is repeated in the New Testament book of Ephesians where the apostle Paul told them to not “let the sun go down while you are still angry” (Ephesians 4:26, NIV). Instead of allowing anger to fester, we need to deal with it appropriately and quickly. Otherwise, we will be come bitter, resentful and our hearts will become hardened. If you’re angry with someone today, why not go to that person and start to work things out with them before things get out of hand? Your heart will feel better when your relationship is restored.

Does God Want Your Offering?

This may sound really strange coming from a pastor because sometimes churches are accused of only wanting peoples’ money, but I believe that there are times when God doesn’t want your money. When talking about anger, Jesus said that God doesn’t want your gift if you’re angry with a brother or sister in the church. Jesus said:

Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. – Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV)

The point is that our relationships in the church matter more than our tithes and offerings. If you’re at odds with someone in the family of faith, you should reconcile with them before giving your gifts. Your heart matters more than your wallet. If you know that someone in your church has something against you or if you are fighting with someone, go to that person immediately and work it out. Get your heart right with them before you go to church this weekend. It may be hard to do, but remember that your relationships matter more than your money.

Giving/Receiving Mercy

I remember growing up in church and learning the definitions of grace and mercy. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. Mercy is not getting what you do deserve. God’s grace means that we get the gift of forgiveness. Mercy means that we don’t receive the punishment we deserve for our sins. Grace means that we get eternal life. Mercy means that we don’t get eternal death in Hell. Jesus wants us to extend mercy to others. He said:

Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy. – Matthew 5:7 (NIV)

People are going to hurt you. They’re going to lie to you and cheat on you and gossip about you. They’ll do it more than once. How will you respond? Will you try to get revenge or will you show mercy? Jesus’ words remind us that His way is best. When we show mercy to others, we open ourselves up to receive the mercy of God. Author Dave Willis said something along the lines of “We should not treat people the way they deserve. Rather, we should treat them the way we want God to treat us.” If you want God to show you mercy, be merciful to others.

What Are Your Qualifications?

The apostle Paul told the Philippians that they should watch out for those who were trying to add to the work of Christ on the cross. There were false teachers who were attempting to convince Gentile believers to be circumcised before they could be considered full-fledged Christians. They trusted in something other than Jesus alone for salvation. Paul wrote about the reasons that he could give for trusting in his pedigree if he chose to do so. He wrote:

If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. – Philippians 3:4-6 (NIV)

Who or what are YOU trusting for salvation? If it is anyone or anything other than Jesus, you’re doing it wrong. Jesus is the only way to be saved and any attempt to add to His completed work on the cross is futile. You can’t add anything to what Jesus did because Jesus paid it all.

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