The Truth About Forgiveness

When I talk to anyone about forgiveness I always tell them to read Colossians 3:12-13, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive” (ESV). Did you catch that, we are to forgive others as Christ Jesus the Lord has forgiven us.

Forgiving someone who has wronged us is not always the easiest thing to do.  We know Jesus expects us to follow His example of grace and mercy by forgiving others; however, there are times forgiveness is the last thing on our minds.

Why is forgiveness so difficult?  Dr Russell Moore answers this question in his blog entitled “What Forgiveness Is and Isn’t.” I hope this insightful article will help as you seek to show forth the forgiveness of Christ.  Click this link to read Dr. Moore’s blog.

Grieving Is Part of Your Calling

As a pastor, grief is part of your calling but how you deal with it determines your ability to continue on in ministry despite sadness of the heart.  In his article, “Grace for Our Grieving,” Paul Tripp uses the Biblical story of Saul and Samuel to give some great advice for ministers in dealing with grief.  If you are not a pastor, go ahead and read this wonderful message on grief.  I believe the scope of these biblical truths are wide enough to apply to everyone.

Click here for Paul Tripp’s article “Grace for Our Grieving.”