Posts Tagged ‘Forgiveness’

3 John 13-15 Better Left Unsaid

PLEASE Holy Spirit tell me which one and when to use each of them; words AND silence.

One again we come to the end of John’s letter. There is MUCH more he wants to say but wants it to be face to face.

John was NOT a gossip! He did not disclose in his letters anything that needed to be settled personally. His letters were short and dwelt on the major point John wanted to address. He certainly knew that his letters were being passed around by the churches. So anything of a purely personal nature he wanted to convey face to face.

John had matters to attend to with Diotrephes, but even those matters were going to be done in person. We don’t need to share ALL the details of our interactions with everyone. There is such a thing as “need to know” that applies even in the church. I don’t know if he had corrective matters to discuss with Gaius but we know he did with Diotrephes. But even extra praise made public can become a problem. Read more »

Hebrews 10:19-39 Perseverance

You have to at first be sorry for your sin before forgiveness can happen.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (verse 23). Our author is warning us to not take lightly the work of Jesus. Don’t lose the first love you had when you received Him.

All who come to Jesus come with a broken heart. We each recognize that we are lost without Him. Upon receiving His salvation we also receive forgiveness and joy. We are all washed clean at that point. But that is not where we stay. We get up and walk on in our daily lives. That daily life has to change though.

We are told that if we “willfully” continue sinning that we are trampling Jesus’ work. Yes, we all come with sin in our lives and it is usually a process to get it out. It takes the Holy Spirit working in our hearts to bring us to a place of fully walking away from it. Sometimes it is an addiction while other times it is a habit we have fallen into. But the Spirit is faithful to continue working on our hearts to bring us in line with God’s will. Read more »

Philemon 23-25 Left to Philemon

It changes the future of both the giver AND recipient.

Paul concludes his letter to Philemon. He doesn’t make “one last plea” for Onesimus. He leaves the matter in Philemon’s and God’s hands.

Paul gave his final plea for Onesimus in verse 21; “Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.” That confidence, faith, allows him to close his letter in his usual style. He sends greetings from all those around him and prays for Jesus’ grace to be on Philemon’s spirit.

That last prayer, so typical of Paul, could also be taken as a reminder too. Jesus showed extraordinary grace for each of us when he made His ultimate sacrifice. Is Paul reminding Philemon of that grace and asking for the same kind of grace from him? Read more »

2 Corinthians 2:5-11 Restoration

We all pray that last red line doesn’t get filled in again, But we know God’s directions if/when it does.

Paul is asking his readers to forgive and restore the repentant brother. This is something we all are to do continually. God provided forgiveness for us before we even asked. We can do no less for our brothers and sisters.

The person Paul is calling for forgiveness for is not clearly identified. My bible helps states that it is “probably” the leader of the rebellion against Paul within the church body. But Paul doesn’t name this person. What he does infer is that the sin was actually committed against him. But he didn’t take the sin personally. Instead he saw the detriment that this sin had on the church as a body. Read more »

Luke 12:57-59 Court Can Cost You

Takes accepting responsibility and seeing others' perspectives

Takes accepting responsibility and seeing others’ perspectives

Have you ever noticed that there are at least TWO sides to every argument? I know that sounds like an “duh” statement, but some people still don’t see that cold hard fact. Most of the time, each side also has valid points. Jesus tells us to try and reach a compromise without the need of a judge. Try and settle it yourselves.

There are a couple of things that struck me in our reading today. First of all, I noticed that the one Jesus seems to be addressing is the one who is being accused of something. That would be the one who committed the offense, according to the accuser anyway. We all try to avoid being labeled as the “offender.” Even as children when we are faced with the question of whom the guilty party is we give that distinction to the two most notorious children in the world, “Not Me” and “I Don’t Know.” We avoid accepting guilt whenever possible. But Jesus’ instructions about making an effort to settle with our accuser first premises that we accept responsibility for the wrong we have done. You will NOT be inclined to settle if you hold yourself blameless. Weather intentional or accidental, we need to accept responsibility for our actions and their results. Read more »