Seek God’s Pardon First

“Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.”(Luke 15:18 NIV) Over the years, my prayers of confession have come to resemble that of the son in today’s passage. Even though he had sinned against his father, the prodigal son acknowledged that his sin was pre-eminently against God. When King David confessed his sin withContinue reading “Seek God’s Pardon First”

They Don’t Know What They’re Doing

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34 NIV) I’ve come to the realization that oftentimes, people who hurt us really don’t know what they’re doing. I believe that for the most part, they’re truly acting in ignorance. Realizing this truth will help us to forgive thoseContinue reading “They Don’t Know What They’re Doing”

Forgive and Forget?

“Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”(Hebrews 10:17 NIV) God says He’ll remember our sins “no more,” which means that God will never use the past against us (Psalm 103:12), not that He’ll forget our sins because God doesn’t forget. Similarly, we can’t forget the wrong that was done to us, evenContinue reading “Forgive and Forget?”

Choose to Forgive

If you, LORD, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?But with you there is forgiveness; so that we can, with reverence, serve you. (Psalm 130:3-4 NIV) One of the many wonderful attributes of God is His forgiveness. He always stands ready to forgive, and He does so freely. The Bible tells us, “asContinue reading “Choose to Forgive”

He Loves Us Just the Way We Are

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NIV) A few years ago, I had a student who I grew to love. At first glance, there was probably not much to love about him. For a four-year-old, he was very tiny, stillContinue reading “He Loves Us Just the Way We Are”