forgiveness

Where Does Forgiveness Come From? And Why Does it Matter?

April 19, 2010 // 13 Comments

There are two statements in the Bible that seem to contradict each other: 1.    If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. (Mt 6:14) 2.    Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Col 3:13) Did you spot the difference? The first statement says forgiveness starts with [...]

Granddad’s Bumper Sticker

April 13, 2010 // 2 Comments

Back in the 1970s my Granddad had a bumper sticker on his Ford Cortina that read: Christians Aren’t Perfect, Just Forgiven In the past 40 years I have thought more about that bumper sticker than any other! And after all this time I still haven’t decided whether I like it or not. Originally I thought the [...]

Psalm 51 – The Badness of David versus the Goodness of God

March 23, 2010 // 15 Comments

Christians sometimes battle with guilt and condemnation even though God declares them “not guilty” and Christ has given us the gift of “no condemnation” (Rms 8:1). Some think that the way to shake off these bad feelings is to confess their sins. This is a little bit like saying “I feel condemnation [...]

Completely Forgiven? When Confession is Bad for You

February 18, 2010 // 30 Comments

Jesus died to set men free. Galatians 5:13 tells us that we have a holy calling to be free – to live free, walk free, stay free. One way that we can lose our freedom is to burden ourselves with ungodly demands and expectations. This can happen when we take scripture out of context. It can also happen when we [...]