There’s more to forgiveness than just naming our sins and asking God to forgive us. Such confessing and asking are followed by being forgiven and made clean (1 John 1:9). What extravagant gifts! We recognize their bounty by saying thank you.Read more
God models forgiveness for us by sending away hate (and substituting love), by sending away self-protectiveness (and replacing it with vulnerability), and by sending away vengeance (and in its place doing good). Substituting love for hate makes sense (difficult as it is to do). Replacing self-protectiveness with vulnerability raises more concerns. But sending away vengeance and doing good to one who’s wronged us? Nobody wants to do that. It seems so … unfair. It’s so unlike us – and so like God.Read more
“Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” I’ll bet you skimmed over the “as.” Would you want to ask God to forgive you exactly as you’ve forgiven others? Think about it. Forgiveness turns out to be a rather unsettling issue.Read more
We all know what hate looks like. But we’re less familiar with sending away hate. Thankfully, sending away hate is most familiar to God.
Sometimes suffering and joy coexist. Jesus suffered the agony of the cross for the joy set before Him. What was that joy? Gaining intimacy with us.
The cross is love in action. There Jesus lives out God’s law by loving God, loving His “neighbors” (soldiers, thief, mother, and friend), and loving us.
At Christmas Jesus left heaven. At the cross heaven left Jesus. Both were costly gifts.