Dec 11, 2017

The Freeing Jubilee

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Jesus’ kingdom is a jubilee kingdom of forgiveness and cancelled debts.  He said, “When you pray say, ‘forgive us our sins, for we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us’” (Luke 11:4).  Nothing can free you as much as receiving your own forgiveness and forgiving someone else.  The two go hand in hand; 

Sep 1, 2017

Prayer Teaches

By |Sep 1, 2017|Confession, Devotionals, Father, Forgiving, Love, Obedience, Prayer, Trust|0 Comments

Prayer is more than an exercise in words toward God.  In prayer, deep confessions help us learn about ourselves.  Contrary to what we think, we do not know ourselves as well as we suppose we do.  Prayer teaches us to become honest with God.  In prayer, we learn to forgive, adjust, reorient and release.  In

Jul 1, 2017

Blessings Bounce Back

By |Jul 1, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Forgiving, Giving, Mercy|0 Comments

You can’t give a blessing without receiving one.  You can’t give a gift without gaining ground.  Jesus said, when you give mercy you obtain mercy.  When you give forgiveness you are forgiven.  We don’t give to get, but we can’t give without being touched by the generosity of our Father. “Cast your bread upon the

Jun 10, 2017

Forgiving Persecutors

By |Jun 10, 2017|Christ, Cross, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Forgiving, Love|0 Comments

How can one bless a persecutor?  How can one love an enemy?  How can one forgive, even when the crime is being committed?   Where does that come from?  It comes from the example of Messiah on the cross.  It comes from the Risen One living inside us, and bringing about His dying through us. 

Apr 29, 2017

Moving Mountains

By |Apr 29, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Faith, Father, Forgiveness, Forgiving, Prayer|0 Comments

Context is everything.  The context of a faith and prayer that moves mountains (Mk 11:22-25) is about prayer offered from a forgiving heart.  “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses” (Mk 11:25).  It is impossible to move the

Mar 26, 2017

Seventy Times Seven

By |Mar 26, 2017|Christ, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Forgiving|0 Comments

Forgiveness enables us to move forward, to not get stuck in the past.  How many times can this happen?  “Then Peter came and said to Him, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’  Jesus said to him, ‘I do not say to you, up to

Oct 3, 2016

More Grace

By |Oct 3, 2016|Devotionals, Father, Forgiving, Giving, Grace, Mercy|0 Comments

Grace fills you up when you pour it out on others.  Pour out what God gives you, and you will find an inexhaustible supply.  Give mercy; receive mercy.  Give forgiveness; receive forgiveness.  This is certainly not earning what you get by your own actions; that misses the point altogether.  This is the law of generosity. 

Sep 12, 2016

No Records of Wrongs

By |Sep 12, 2016|Choices, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Forgiving, Love|0 Comments

What is recorded in our brains may be fact or perception.  It is there, nonetheless.  Recorded there are both kindnesses received and wrongs suffered.  We have a choice in that on which we dwell.  The Bible says, “Love keeps no record of wrongs” 1 Cor 13:5 (NIV).  Let that soak in!  Reciting wrongs we have

Jul 19, 2016

Forgiving As Worship

By |Jul 19, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Forgiving, Grace, Gratitude, Justice, Love, Worship|0 Comments

We pass forgiveness on to others because the Lord in grace did not demand justice for our infractions, but out of love, and for the relationship He desired with us, freely forgave.  Those who have sinned must be patient with sinners.  Those who have been forgiven need to find ways to forgive.  Forgiveness of others

Apr 26, 2016

Tending Toward Forgiveness

By |Apr 26, 2016|Christ, Devotionals, Forgiveness, Forgiving, Grace, Justice, Love, Mercy, Sin|0 Comments

Lasting relationships with people, more often than not, have an unspoken lean toward forgiveness.  Forgiveness means that we forgo justice, when offended, for the greater benefit of the relationship.  There can be a climate that, when there is an offense, it is not picked up by demanding justice.  This is also a form of forgiveness.