Posts Tagged forgiveness

What God Wants Most

God is no longer a God of rules and regulations; He is a God of grace and love. In the days before Jesus, salvation was something one had to earn. When Jesus died for our sins, salvation was provided to us by grace. Grace is a gift, and when we accept it, we will live a godly life as a result of it. We will obey God’s commands because, by grace, it is in our hearts and nature to do so, not because we must do so to please Him.

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I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing? Galatians 2:21


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No Strings Attached

Why is it so difficult for us to forgive? Sometimes, we think we’ve forgiven a person, but we hold on to a fragment of the hurt or anger they caused When we hold on to any piece—no matter how small—of resentment, hurt or anger, it could be we’re not truly forgiving them at all.

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… Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13


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I Left the Suds In the Bucket

I can’t undo my past or the wrongs I’ve done, and I can’t make the good things better than they were. Done is done. But, a line from a country song kind of says what I’m trying to say: “I left the suds in the bucket and the clothes hanging out on the line.”

By that I mean I simply walked away from a life that was soiled and stained and set my sights on Jesus. I’m not perfect—never will be—but I am in the big machine now, getting the stains out, and I’ll probably need to go through the rinse cycle for the rest of my days on this planet. But by golly I’ll eventually be sparkling clean and ready to go to the big dance.

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9


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There He Is!

When I was a young boy, my Uncle Marvin used to take us to the lake to water ski, fish, and swim. I can remember long rides—they seemed long at the time—to the lake, and how my cousin Ed and I would be so excited, anticipating the fun we were going to have. As we got close to the lake, we would sit shoulder to shoulder in the backseat, noses nearly touching the window, watching excitedly for the first glimpse of the lake. When we’d finally see it, we’d shout in unison, “There it is!”

I feel the same excitement and anticipation when I think about Jesus’ return.4-5-17 1 quote

I can hardly wait!

… looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13

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It Was Just There!


Cooper with his mud on

Several years ago, a friend of mine posted a picture of her four-year-old, Cooper, on Facebook. He was covered with mud, and wasn’t the least bit concerned about it. The thing is, I’m pretty sure Cooper didn’t get up that morning thinking he’d find a mud puddle to play in, but when he went outside and saw the puddle, well…. boys will be boys.

When the excitement of playing in the mud puddle had run its course, Cooper’s mom washed him off, put him in clean dry clothes, gave him a hug, and sent him out to discover other adventures.

We’re all somewhat the same as young Cooper. We go into each day with good intentions, but as various “opportunities” present themselves, we sometimes give in to our human nature and dive into something we know we should avoid. Fortunately, when we do, Jesus is right there to wash us clean.

Someday, Cooper and his mom will laugh about all the things he did when he was growing up.

And maybe one day we’ll be able to sit with Jesus and laugh about the foolish things we did while we were “growing up” too.

When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”  Luke 5:20


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Just A Boy

I firmly believe that all the things I’ve been through have combined to make me into who I am. Some of those things were bad, some were good, and some just were. I had no choice about  most things until I was eighteen and could set out on my own, but even then I was never truly in control. There were demons that would not let me be. Read the rest of this entry »

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